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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
References in classic literature ?
They go there to indulge their amphibian proclivities in diving for small fish, and enjoying the cool depths of the water.
All sorts were represented there, from the successful diamond digger who was spasmodically embracing a lady in black jet of distinctly Jewish proclivities, to a sporting lord who had been killing lions.
I was developing unguessed and troubling potencies and proclivities.
To the mind of the ape-man, knowing as he did the proclivities of the savages, there was but a single explanation--Meriem had been killed and eaten.
He mapped out Luigi's character and disposition, his tastes, aversions, proclivities, ambitions, and eccentricities in a way which sometimes made Luigi wince and the others laugh, but both twins declared that the chart was artistically drawn and was correct.
According to the proclivities of each reasoner, play, love, ambition, hidden disorders, and vices, explained the catastrophe, the last scene of a drama begun in 1812.
But Mary and Bill wanted mountain-climbing, and had already yawned their way in Dallas's wake through the English cathedrals; and May, always fair to her children, had insisted on holding the balance evenly between their athletic and artistic proclivities.
At such times the watering is naturally quite beyond the strength of two men; but as a garden is a place to be happy in, and not one where you want to meet a dozen curious eyes at every turn, I should not like to have more than these two, or rather one and a half--the assistant having stork-like proclivities and going home in the autumn to his native Russia, returning in the spring with the first warm winds.
And those who do know, whisper that the hunters, while excellent shots, were so notorious for their quarrelsome and rascally proclivities that they could not sign on any decent schooner.
What have you done anyway that a two-legged other animal should come along, break you to harness, curb all your natural proclivities, and make slave-beasts out of you?
But I'd chuck up cricket to-morrow, Bunny, if it wasn't for the glorious protection it affords a person of my proclivities.
Mortimer led Saxon into talking about herself and Billy, and betrayed not the slightest shock when she learned of his prizefighting and scab-slugging proclivities.