proclivity

  • 1 Proclivity — Pro*cliv i*ty, n. [L. proclivitas: cf. F. proclivit[ e].] [1913 Webster] 1. Inclination; propensity; proneness; tendency. A proclivity to steal. Abp. Bramhall. [1913 Webster] 2. Readiness; facility; aptitude. [1913 Webster] He had such a… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 proclivity — I noun ability, appetence, appetency aptitude, aptness, bent, bias, disposition, facility, gift, gravitation, inclination, inherent ability, innate disposition, innate sense, instinct, leaning, liking, natural sense, partiality, penchant,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 proclivity — (n.) 1590s, from L. proclivitatem (nom. proclivitas) a tendency, propensity, from proclivis prone to, lit. sloping, from pro forward (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + clivus a slope, from PIE *klei wo , suffixed form of *klei …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 proclivity — propensity, *leaning, penchant, flair Analogous words: knack, aptitude, *gift, bent, turn: inclination, disposition, predisposition (see corresponding verbs at INCLINE): *predilection, prepossession, prejudice, bias …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 proclivity — [n] inclination, tendency bent*, bias, cup of tea*, disposition, druthers, facility, flash*, groove*, inclining, leaning, liableness, penchant, predilection, predisposition, proneness, propensity, thing for*, type, weakness; concepts 20,32,411… …

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  • 6 proclivity — ► NOUN (pl. proclivities) ▪ a tendency to do or choose something regularly; an inclination or predisposition. ORIGIN Latin proclivitas, from proclivis inclined …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 proclivity — [prō kliv′ə tē] n. pl. proclivities [L proclivitas < proclivus, downward < pro , before (see PRO 2) + clivus, a slope (see DECLIVITY)] a natural or habitual tendency or inclination, esp. toward something discreditable SYN. INCLINATION …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 proclivity — n. (formal) a proclivity for; to, towards * * * [prə klɪvɪtɪ] to towards (formal) a proclivity for …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 9 proclivity — pro|cliv|i|ty [prəˈklıvıti US prou ] n plural proclivities [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: proclivitas, from proclivis sloping , from clivis hill ] formal a tendency to behave in a particular way, or to like a particular thing used especially… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 proclivity — [[t]prəklɪ̱vɪti, AM proʊ [/t]] proclivities N COUNT A proclivity is a tendency to behave in a particular way or to like a particular thing, often a bad way or thing. [FORMAL] He was indulging his own sexual proclivities. ...a proclivity to… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 proclivity — UK [prəʊˈklɪvətɪ] / US [proʊˈklɪvətɪ] noun [countable] Word forms proclivity : singular proclivity plural proclivities formal a tendency to want to do a particular thing, especially something bad …

    English dictionary

  • 12 proclivity — /proh kliv i tee/, n., pl. proclivities. natural or habitual inclination or tendency; propensity; predisposition: a proclivity to meticulousness. [1585 95; < L proclivitas tendency, lit., a steep descent, steepness, equiv. to procliv(is) sloping… …

    Universalium

  • 13 Proclivity — An inclination or predisposition toward something, especially a strong inherent inclination toward something objectionable. For example, a patient might be said to have a proclivity toward alcohol …

    Medical dictionary

  • 14 proclivity — noun (countable + to/towards/for) formal a strong liking for something or natural tendency to do something, especially something bad: The child shows no proclivity towards aggression as far as I can see …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 proclivity — /prəˈklɪvəti / (say pruh klivuhtee) noun (plural proclivities) natural or habitual inclination or tendency; propensity; predisposition: a proclivity to fault finding. {Latin prōclīvitas tendency, propensity. Compare French proclivité} …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 proclivity — noun (plural ties) Etymology: Latin proclivitas, from proclivis sloping, prone, from pro forward + clivus slope more at pro , declivity Date: circa 1591 an inclination or predisposition toward something; especially a strong inherent inclination… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 proclivity — noun A predisposition or natural inclination, propensity, or a predilection; especially refers to a strong disposition or bent. This therefore was the reason why the still comparatively young though dissolute man who now addressed Stephen was… …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 proclivity — Synonyms and related words: a thing for, affinity, animus, aptitude, aptness, bag, bent, bias, cast, character, chosen kind, conatus, conduciveness, constitution, cup of tea, delight, diathesis, disposition, druthers, eagerness, eccentricity,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 proclivity — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. inclination, tendency, propensity, proneness, predisposition. Ant., disinclination. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. inclination, tendency, propensity, disposition, predilection, penchant, weakness,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 proclivity — pro|cliv|i|ty [ prou klıvəti ] noun count FORMAL a tendency to want to do a particular thing, especially something bad …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English