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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
Since the invasion of 2003, reflections of the war in English-language fiction have exhibited a natural but limiting propensity to focus on American soldiering and trauma.
Orlando’s Colonialtown North has a propensity for Mexican food (no doubt thanks to Black Rooster Taqueria), while the area around the Mills 50 neighborhood shows a love for Vietnamese and Chinese fare.
During storms, wave action rips up the carpet-esque algae and washes it ashore, where it is known for its potent stench and propensity to kill birds.
These are all real wines made by real winemakers, who celebrate the can’s many virtues: a smaller environmental impact, a lower propensity for spoilage, a more economical cost of goods.
To make matters worse, the underpowered knockoffs had a propensity to overheat and catch fire.
Rogers was aware of our own propensity to kick people out - an early episode of his show featured King Friday, the ruler of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, attempting to build a wall around his kingdom to protect it from change.
With his propensity for drops, Michael Crabtree and his $7.7 million cap number are not worth keeping.
And that biological risk may be expressed in part through differences in children’s metabolism, but also through differences in their appetites, in their responses to food, and even in their propensity to exercise.
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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
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