- having a natural inclination or tendency to something; disposed; liable: to be prone to anger.
- having the front or ventral part downward; lying face downward.
- lying flat; prostrate.
- having a downward direction or slope.
- having the palm downward, as the hand.
Origin of prone1
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- a sermon or a brief hortatory introduction to a sermon, usually delivered at a service at which the Eucharist is celebrated.
Origin of prone2
Examples from the Web for prone
That gave a huge advantage to the sunny Republican prone to hugging supporters.Tea Party Firebrand Wins Big in Iowa
November 5, 2014
Some kids are prone to letting their minds wander and daydreaming.Daydreaming Is Not a Disorder
October 4, 2014
This style of woodfire cooking is prone to sudden fluctuations in temperature due to the subtleties and different sizes of wood.Brooklyn’s Booming Firewood Industry
July 8, 2014
The candidate formerly known as Scott Fistler, 38, refuses to say if he is actually Hispanic and is prone to wearing fedoras.The GOP Candidate In Arizona Who Changed His Name To Cesar Chavez
June 2, 2014
She turns in dud stories, misses deadlines, and is prone to occasionally sleeping with her young, struggling musician sources.Toni Collette on ‘The Realistic Joneses,’‘Lucky Them,’ and Crying in ‘The Sixth Sense’
June 1, 2014
Youth is prone to endow its opinions with all the dignity of certain knowledge.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
All, both rulers and ruled, are men, and prone to follow after their lusts.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part IV]
Benedict of Spinoza
The weight which had crushed the bush down had been a prone, dead weight.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
All around him he saw the prone bodies of his men, naked to the view of all and sundry.Slaves of Mercury
I had rather dreaded the oath which his lordship is prone to use lightly.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
- lying flat or face downwards; prostrate
- sloping or tending downwards
- having an inclination to do something
Word Origin and History for prone
c.1400, "naturally inclined to something, apt, liable," from Latin pronus "bent forward, leaning forward, bent over," figuratively "inclined to, disposed," perhaps from adverbial form of pro- "before, for, instead of" (see pro-) + ending as in infernus, externus. Meaning "lying face-down" is first recorded 1570s. Literal and figurative senses both were in Latin; figurative is older in English. Related: Proneness.
- Lying with the front or face downward.
- Having a tendency; inclined.
- In a prone manner.