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Examples of propensity in a Sentence
- Other researches are exploring how the adolescent propensity for uninhibited risk taking propels teens to experiment with drugs and alcohol. —Claudia Wallis, Time, 10 May 2004
- On the other hand, a jury might be convinced that a meth dealer who had brazenly fired a pistol through his door had a propensity for violence. —John Cloud, Time, 14 July 2003
- A central tenet of this camp's proponents is that a considerable number of biological dispositions evolved during the Stone Age, including a male propensity for making war. —Bruce Bower, Science News, 27 Jan. 2001
He had a propensity for crime.
the criminal propensities of the family extended over several generations
Recent Examples of propensity from the Web
Drake’s propensity toward confession, which has long been one of his most enthralling traits, sings throughout.
The perpetrators of these shootings all share a common trait: a propensity for violence, threats, and anger toward women.
Of course, football was included in the plan for the West Orange receiver, but given his propensity for academic achievement, Harding was in pursuit of an athletic scholarship at a college that also was revered for its standards in academia.
And, given older voters’ propensity to turn out at greater rates than younger voters, that could be good for Republican hopes in the contests for U.S. Senate, governor, and U.S. House of Representatives.
In Chestnut Hill, Robinson's natural propensity for scoring only improved.
Her range could be classified as alto with alpine propensities and her tone rich and full.
Though there was none of the guttural cheering and angry taunts that often emanate from Trump's campaign-style rallies, the president's hallmark rhetoric and propensity to stretch the truth was also ever-present.
Though there was none of the guttural cheering and angry taunts that often emanate from Mr. Trump’s campaign-style rallies, the president’s hallmark rhetoric and propensity to stretch the truth was also ever-present.
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You'll Like the Etymology of propensity
When it comes to synonyms of propensity, the letter "p" predominates. Proclivity, preference, penchant, and predilection all share with propensity the essential meaning of "a strong instinct or liking." Not every word that is similar in meaning to propensity begins with "p," however. Propensity comes from Latin propensus, the past participle of propendēre, a verb meaning "to incline" or "to hang forward or down." Thus leaning and inclination are as good synonyms of propensity as any of those "p"-words.
Synonym Discussion of propensity
- a student with artistic leanings
- a propensity to offer advice
- a proclivity for violence
- a penchant for taking risks
PROPENSITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of propensity for English Language Learners
: a strong natural tendency to do something
PROPENSITY Defined for Kids
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