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
References in classic literature ?
But with the self-combating proclivity of the supersensitive, an answer thereto arose in Clare's own mind, and he almost feared it.
If Signorile is in any way responsible for the media's proclivity for wallowing in garbage now, he deserves our contempt, not our admiration.
Homosexuals prefer to view their sexual proclivity as something they are born with.
Kagan stoutly resists both the social scientist's instinct to force dissimilar situations into a similar mold and the historian's proclivity for presuming that no two situations are genuinely comparable.
Rural communities exhibit a proclivity to save more than areas where new goods are readily available.
I needed her date for destiny And she my budding proclivity. She sensed in me rewards for labor and I in her a "beacon light." We nurtured each other: I caressed her will for prominence: She directed me to a path of knowledge; The gates of the world opened to me:
It also suggests that additional genes help create a proclivity for substance abuse, the investigators note.
While Composition in Red and Green may parlay the implicit tension between randomness and order into a conceptually elegant work, Finch's proclivity toward drawing is often governed less by an interest in physics than by a fascination with theories of color and the vagaries of our experience of it.
Then in 1996 MacIsaac disclosed his ties to a 16-year-old boyfriend and his proclivity toward sexual acts involving urination--revelations that led Canada's leading magazine, Maclean's, to kick the fiddler off its annual honor roll.
It's entirely legitimate for a conservative to quarrel with Clinton's writings and proposals, which certainly do show a proclivity to believe in the power of Big Government.
But that proclivity, notes Polsby, is counterbalanced by the trend--both nationally and in the greater Chicago area--away from ideas of "responsible gun ownership" and toward stricter gun control.
Any Nazi proclivity of professionals and the collaboration of professions with the regime are reduced to problems of individual behavior unconnected with the professional phenomenon as such.