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 "to lean" (see LEAN (Cf. lean) (v.)).

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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… …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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