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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.]
n, pl -tiesAlso: propension
1. a natural tendency or disposition
2. obsolete partiality
[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]
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|Noun||1.||propensity - 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"|
|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"