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[proh-kliv-i-tee] /proʊˈklɪv ɪ ti/
noun, plural proclivities.
natural or habitual inclination or tendency; propensity; predisposition:
a proclivity to meticulousness.
Origin of proclivity
1585-95; < Latin prōclīvitās tendency, literally, a steep descent, steepness, equivalent to prōclīv(is) sloping forward, steep (prō- pro-1 + clīv(us) slope + -is adj. suffix) + -itās -ity
bent, leaning, disposition.
aversion. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for proclivities
Historical Examples
  • My proclivities are entirely aristocratic: I have no power of assimilation with the canaille.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • He had been a clown at a theatre, and still retained some of the proclivities of the boards.

    Mystic London: Charles Maurice Davies
  • She even learned how to conceal her proclivities, but she was none the better for that.

    The Red Lottery Ticket Fortun Du Boisgobey
  • This suited me much better, as it enabled me to indulge in my proclivities.

  • Your nature is large, social in its proclivities, and has great needs.

    Dawn Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  • Despite his proclivities, neither foresaw the end of Le Pochard.

    Zut and Other Parisians Guy Wetmore Carryl
  • It takes into account the child's view-point, his proclivities and his emotions.

    Educational Toys Louis C. Petersen
  • Most of my neighbors had known me as an officer of the army with Whig proclivities.

  • Lucian, when he heard of Angelina's Spanish proclivities, laughed heartily.

    Brenda's Ward Helen Leah Reed
  • A naive, unctuous lout of a Devil with straightforward Tempter's proclivities.

    Gargoyles Ben Hecht
British Dictionary definitions for proclivities


noun (pl) -ties
a tendency or inclination
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōclīvitās, from prōclīvis steep, from pro-1 + clīvus a slope
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Word Origin and History for proclivities



1590s, from Middle French proclivité or directly from Latin proclivitatem (nominative proclivitas) "a tendency, predisposition, propensity," from proclivis "prone to," literally "sloping, inclined," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + clivus "a slope," from PIE *klei-wo-, suffixed form of *klei "to lean" (see lean (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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