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propensity

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of propensity

  1. 1 an established pattern of behavior the criminal propensities of the family extended over several generations Synonyms of propensity aptness, proneness, tendency, wayWords Related to propensity affinity, 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, trickNear Antonyms of propensity averseness, disinclination, dislike, indisposition

  2. 2 a habitual attraction to some activity or thing a neighbor who has an unfortunate propensity for snooping Synonyms of propensity affection, affinity, aptitude, bent, bias, bone, devices, disposition, genius, habitude, impulse, leaning, partiality, penchant, predilection, predisposition, proclivity, inclination, tendency, turnWords Related to propensity favor, one-sidedness, partisanship, prejudice; endowment, faculty, flair, genius, gift, knack, talent; addiction, appetite, fancy, fondness, like, liking, preference, taste; forte, speciality, specialty; convention, custom, habit, pattern, practice (also practise), routine, trick, way, wont; eccentricity, idiosyncrasy, kink, oddity, peculiarity, quirk, singularityNear Antonyms of propensity allergy, averseness, aversion, disfavor, disinclination, dislike, disliking, disrelish, distaste; detachment, impartiality, neutrality, objectivity; apathy, disinterestedness, indifference, insouciance, nonchalance, unconcern

Synonym Discussion of propensity

leaning, propensity, proclivity, penchant mean a strong instinct or liking for something. leaning suggests a liking or attraction not strong enough to be decisive or uncontrollable.
    • a student with artistic leanings
propensity implies a deeply ingrained and usually irresistible inclination.
    • a propensity to offer advice
proclivity suggests a strong natural proneness usually to something objectionable or evil.
    • a proclivity for violence
penchant implies a strongly marked taste in the person or an irresistible attraction in the object.
    • a penchant for taking risks


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