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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)
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But of his minuter propensities, as you call them you have from peculiar circumstances been kept more ignorant than myself.
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