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prone1

[prohn] /proʊn/
adjective
1.
having a natural inclination or tendency to something; disposed; liable:
to be prone to anger.
2.
having the front or ventral part downward; lying face downward.
3.
lying flat; prostrate.
4.
having a downward direction or slope.
5.
having the palm downward, as the hand.
Origin of prone1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin prōnus turned or leaning forward, inclined downward, disposed, prone
Related forms
pronely, adverb
proneness, noun
Can be confused
Synonyms
1. apt, subject, tending. 3. recumbent.

prone2

[prohn] /proʊn/
noun
1.
a sermon or a brief hortatory introduction to a sermon, usually delivered at a service at which the Eucharist is celebrated.
Origin
First recorded in 1660-70, prone is from the French word prône grill, grating (separating chancel from nave); so called because notices and addresses were delivered there
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Examples from the Web for prone
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  • 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.

  • 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 Nat Schachner
  • I had rather dreaded the oath which his lordship is prone to use lightly.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for prone

prone

/prəʊn/
adjective
1.
lying flat or face downwards; prostrate
2.
sloping or tending downwards
3.
having an inclination to do something
Derived Forms
pronely, adverb
proneness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin prōnus bent forward, from pro-1
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Word Origin and History for prone
adj.

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.

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prone in Medicine

prone (prōn)
adj.

  1. Lying with the front or face downward.

  2. Having a tendency; inclined.

adv.
In a prone manner.
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