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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
Maybe even a baker’s dozen or so of them, depending on the propensity of the sender to really go all out during a session.
Backup quarterback Kellen Moore’s lack of arm strength and propensity to throw underneath didn’t help.
Given Mr. Trump’s propensity to criticize just about anyone else, including members of his own staff, cabinet and party, his resolute refusal to say anything negative about Mr. Putin has only fueled suspicions about last year’s election.
The south shore of Lake Michigan has a propensity for rip tides, and one questioner wondered if the Coast Guard patrols more often on days with rip tides.
Kobach’s multistate database reportedly found over five million potential matches, although there’s been speculation that the system has a propensity to flag a lot of false positives.
And Trump has shown a great propensity to undo whatever Obama did, almost without regard for merit.
Keon's arrest and his propensity to flee were nothing new.
At the end of 2016, the scale of Italy’s non-performing loans stood at a bit more than 15 percent of the banks’ total loan stock, a level that weighs on their propensity and ability to lend.
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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.
Synonymsaptness, proneness, tendency, way
Related Wordsaffinity, aptitude, bent, disposition, inclination, leaning, mind-set, partiality, penchant, predilection, predisposition, proclivity, turn; custom, habit, pattern, practice (also practise), routine, wont; eccentricity, idiosyncrasy, oddity, peculiarity, quirk, singularity, trick
Near Antonymsaverseness, disinclination, dislike, indisposition
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
Definition of propensity for Students
- They have a propensity to chatter.
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