- a natural inclination or tendency: a propensity to drink too much.
- Obsolete. favorable disposition or partiality.
Origin of propensity
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1. bent, leaning, disposition, penchant, proclivity.
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Examples from the Web for propensity
He also has a propensity to use clanking words when he could have used simpler ones.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
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Our none-too-shabby showing in the medal count this year is due primarily to our propensity to come in third.What’s a Key to Victory in Sochi? Coming So Close to Defeat.
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Some privacy advocates think that our propensity for being unnerved by drones will end up being a boon to privacy.Why Drones Make Us Nervous
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I had often heard of Mr. Fitzgerald's propensity to duelling.Beaux and Belles of England
He was still a little suspicious of his chum's propensity to tease.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
This propensity he inherited not only from his mother, but also from his father, who had been a frontiersman.Sielanka: An Idyll
He, had a propensity to talk about "his Pedro," as some men will talk of their dog.Victory
Are you never able to restrain your propensity for making sport?Frank Merriwell's Bravery
Burt L. Standish
- a natural tendency or disposition
- obsolete partiality
C16: from Latin prōpensus inclined to, from prōpendēre to propend
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Word Origin and History for propensity
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