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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
Nobody played harder than did Bledsoe in Game 7, but his lapses in concentration and propensity for turnovers are bothersome.
Allen, wildly inaccurate with propensity to hold the ball too long and melt in the face of pressure, rates near the bottom of the class in numerous categories and has very few traits that point to him being a successful signal caller.
Another factor in the bullpen's usage issues is Banister's propensity for pulling a starter if things get tight in a tight game.
Those with a higher propensity for deliberate risk-taking behavior tended to have the biggest increase in core temperature in their head-to-head trial compared to the solo hot trial.
So the tidiest encapsulation of Utley's skill, longevity and mindset might be his propensity for allowing pitchers to assault him with baseballs.
In the upper echelons of the private sector, there is a propensity to view those who have pursued careers in government service as a lesser breed, lacking in ambition, intellect or savvy.
One way or another, Garza and the rest of the VWO were going to find a group because, as Wilson writes, grouping is an unavoidable propensity.
But he's shown a propensity to lift his game to new heights when the lights are at their brightest, even though he's rarely had those opportunities in New Orleans.
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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
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