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pro·pen·si·ty

 (prə-pĕn′sĭ-tē)
n. pl. pro·pen·si·ties
An innate inclination; a tendency.

[From propense, inclined, from Latin prōpēnsus, past participle of prōpendēre, to be inclined; see propend.]

propensity

(prəˈpɛnsɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. a natural tendency or disposition
2. obsolete partiality
Also: propension
[C16: from Latin prōpensus inclined to, from prōpendēre to propend]

pro•pen•si•ty

(prəˈpɛn sɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. a natural inclination or tendency.
2. Obs. favorable disposition or partiality.
[1560–70; propense inclined < Latin prōpēnsus, past participle of prōpendēre to hang down, be inclined]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.propensity - an inclination to do somethingpropensity - an inclination to do something; "he felt leanings toward frivolity"
inclination - that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking; "her inclination is for classical music"
2.propensity - 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"
3.propensity - a disposition to behave in a certain way; "the aptness of iron to rust"; "the propensity of disease to spread"
disposition - a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing; "a swelling with a disposition to rupture"

propensity

noun tendency, leaning, weakness, inclination, bent, liability, bias, disposition, penchant, susceptibility, predisposition, proclivity, proneness, aptness She hadn't reckoned on his propensity for violence.

propensity

noun
Translations

propensity

[prəˈpensɪtɪ] Npropensión f (to a)

propensity

[prəʊˈpɛnsɪti] npropension f
a propensity for sth → une propension à qch
a propensity for doing sth → une propension à faire qch
a propensity to do sth → une propension à faire qch

propensity

nHang m, → Neigung f(to zu); to have a propensity for somethingeinen Hang zu etw haben; to have a propensity to do something or for doing somethingdazu neigen, etw zu tun, die Neigung or den Hang haben, etw zu tun

propensity

[prəˈpɛnsɪtɪ] ntendenza
propensity (for) → propensione f (per)
References in classic literature ?
Edna often wondered at one propensity which sometimes had inwardly disturbed her without causing any outward show or manifestation on her part.
He had a singular propensity, for example, to hang over Maule's well, and look at the constantly shifting phantasmagoria of figures produced by the agitation of the water over the mosaic-work of colored pebbles at the bottom.
Then, it is true, the propensity of human nature to tell the very worst of itself, when embodied in the person of another, would constrain them to whisper the black scandal of bygone years.
This name was given, we are told, in former days, by the good housewives of the adjacent country, from the inveterate propensity of their husbands to linger about the village tavern on market days.
There was excellent blood in his veins --royal stuff; though sadly vitiated, I fear, by the cannibal propensity he nourished in his untutored youth.
Hereby perhaps Stubb indirectly hinted, that though man loved his fellow, yet man is a money-making animal, which propensity too often interferes with his benevolence.
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Elton, even in the days of his favour, none had disturbed her more than his propensity to dine with Mr.
She had a turn for traffic, and a marked propensity for saving; shown not only in the vending of eggs and chickens, but also in driving hard bargains with the gardener about flower-roots, seeds, and slips of plants; that functionary having orders from Mrs.
A propensity to be saucy was one; and a perverse will, that indulged children invariably acquire, whether they be good tempered or cross.
The inhabitants appeared to have a propensity to throw any little trifles they were not in want of, into the road: which not only made it rank and sloppy, but untidy too, on account of the cabbage-leaves.
Neither was this propensity (if we must needs confess the truth) at all diminished by the appearance of two strange knights, which occasioned some looking up, peeping, and whispering.