proclivity


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pro·cliv·i·ty

 (prō-klĭv′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. pro·cliv·i·ties
A natural propensity or inclination; a predisposition: a proclivity for exaggeration; a proclivity to complain.

[Latin prōclīvitās, from prōclīvis, inclined : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + clīvus, slope; see klei- in Indo-European roots.]

proclivity

(prəˈklɪvɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
a tendency or inclination
[C16: from Latin prōclīvitās, from prōclīvis steep, from pro-1 + clīvus a slope]

pro•cliv•i•ty

(proʊˈklɪv ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
natural or habitual inclination or tendency; propensity; predisposition.
[1585–95; < Latin prōclīvitās downward slope, tendency =prōclīv(is) sloping downward, inclined (prō- pro-1 + -clīvis, adj. derivative of clīvus slope) + -itās -ity]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.proclivity - a natural inclination; "he has a proclivity for exaggeration"
inclination, tendency, disposition - an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others; "he had an inclination to give up too easily"; "a tendency to be too strict"

proclivity

noun (Formal) tendency, liking, leaning, inclination, bent, weakness, bias, disposition, penchant, propensity, kink, predisposition, predilection, partiality, proneness, liableness He was indulging his peculiar sexual proclivities.

proclivity

noun
Translations

proclivity

[prəˈklɪvɪtɪ] Npropensión f, proclividad f (for, towards a) sexual proclivitiestendencias fpl sexuales

proclivity

[prəˈklɪvɪti] ninclination f
a proclivity for sth → une inclination à qch
a proclivity for violence → une inclination à la violence
a proclivity to do sth → une inclination à faire qch

proclivity

nSchwäche f(for für), Vorliebe f(for für)

proclivity

[prəˈklɪvɪtɪ] n (frm) → tendenza, propensione f
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But with the self-combating proclivity of the supersensitive, an answer thereto arose in Clare's own mind, and he almost feared it.
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People's proclivity to seek apocalypse reveals humanity dissatisfied, restless, cruel, and evil, arguably in need of salvation from this earth.
This proclivity repeatedly landed him in hot water in the early years after he succeeded FDR.
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The pope has a point, argues Christine Gudorf, when he criticizes the United States' proclivity for unilateral military action.