propensity

  • 1 propensity — pro‧pen‧si‧ty [prəˈpensti] noun propensities PLURALFORM [countable] 1. a tendency to behave in a particular way: • The plastic bodied car s propensity to catch fire killed demand. 2. marginal propensity to consume ECONOMICS the relationship… …

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  • 2 Propensity — Pro*pen si*ty, n.; pl. {Propensities}. The quality or state of being propense; natural inclination; disposition to do good or evil; bias; bent; tendency. A propensity to utter blasphemy. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] Syn: Disposition; bias;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 propensity — I noun ability, affinity, aptitude, aptness, art, attraction, bent, bias, capacity, deftness, dexterity, disposition, facility, fancy, favor, felicity, fondness, forte, genius, gift, inclination, knack, leaning, liking, mind, partiality, passion …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 propensity — 1560s, disposition to favor, from obsolete adj. propense inclined, prone (1520s), from L. propendere incline to, hang forward, weigh over, from pro forward (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + pendere hang (see PENDANT (Cf. pendant)) …

    Etymology dictionary

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

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 propensity — [n] inclination, weakness ability, aptness, bent*, bias, capacity, competence, disposition, flash, inclining, leaning, liability, partiality, penchant, predilection, predisposition, proclivity, proneness, susceptibility, sweet tooth*, talent,… …

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  • 7 propensity — ► NOUN (pl. propensities) ▪ an inclination or tendency. ORIGIN from Latin propensus inclined …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 propensity — [prə pen′sə tē] n. pl. propensities [< propense, inclined < L propensus, pp. of propendere (see PROPEND) + ITY] 1. a natural inclination or tendency; bent 2. Obs. favorable inclination; bias ( for) SYN. INCLINATION …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 propensity — n. (formal) 1) a propensity for (a propensity for exaggerating) 2) a propensity to + inf. (he has a propensity to exaggerate) * * * [prə pensɪtɪ] (formal) a propensity for (a propensity for exaggerating) a propensity to + inf. (he has a… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 propensity — pro|pen|si|ty [prəˈpensıti] n plural propensities [C usually singular] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: propense tending (16 19 centuries), from Latin, past participle of propendere to lean toward ] formal a natural tendency to behave in a particular… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 propensity — [[t]prəpe̱nsɪti[/t]] propensities N COUNT: oft N to inf, N for n A propensity to do something or a propensity for something is a natural tendency that you have to behave in a particular way. [FORMAL] Mr Bint has a propensity to put off decisions… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 propensity — noun (C) formal a natural tendency to behave in a particular way: a propensity to do sth: the male propensity to fight | a propensity for (doing) sth: The child shows a propensity for disrupting class …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 propensity — UK [prəˈpensətɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms propensity : singular propensity plural propensities a natural tendency to behave in a particular way ways of reducing children s propensity to aggression …

    English dictionary

  • 14 propensity — /preuh pen si tee/, n., pl. propensities. 1. a natural inclination or tendency: a propensity to drink too much. 2. Obs. favorable disposition or partiality. [1560 70; PROPENSE + ITY] Syn. 1. bent, leaning, disposition, penchant, proclivity. * * * …

    Universalium

  • 15 propensity — noun A tendency, preference, or attraction. He has a propensity for lengthy discussions of certain favorite topics. Syn: proclivity, propension See Also: propense …

    Wiktionary

  • 16 propensity — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. tendency, aptitude, inclination, talent, bent, proclivity, disposition. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. talent, capacity, competence, inclination; see ability 1 , 2 . See Synonym Study at inclination . III… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 propensity — noun his propensity for giving long speeches Syn: tendency, inclination, predisposition, proneness, proclivity, readiness, liability, disposition, leaning, weakness …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 propensity — /prəˈpɛnsəti / (say pruh pensuhtee) noun (plural propensities) 1. natural or habitual inclination or tendency: a propensity to find fault. 2. Obsolete favourable disposition or partiality. Also, Rare, propension. {Latin prōpensus inclined to +… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 propensity — n. (pl. ies) an inclination or tendency (has a propensity for wandering). Etymology: propense f. L propensus inclined, past part. of propendere (as PRO (1), pendere hang) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 propensity — noun (plural ties) Date: 1570 an often intense natural inclination or preference Synonyms: see leaning …

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