- natural or habitual inclination or tendency; propensity; predisposition: a proclivity to meticulousness.
Origin of proclivity
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Examples from the Web for proclivities
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
- a tendency or inclination
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.)).