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[pruh-pen-si-tee] /prəˈpɛn sɪ ti/
noun, plural propensities.
a natural inclination or tendency:
a propensity to drink too much.
Obsolete. favorable disposition or partiality.
Origin of propensity
First recorded in 1560-70; propense + -ity
1. bent, leaning, disposition, penchant, proclivity. Unabridged
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  • The Burman is a born gambler, and indulges his propensity on every available occasion.

    A Civil Servant in Burma Herbert Thirkel White
  • No more is needed to arouse his propensity to thrust with his back.

  • I declare, if she hasn't redeveloped her propensity for scudding, Blanchie!

    Morag Janet Milne Rae
  • He then asked what length of time he had been known to possess that propensity.

    Anecdotes of Dogs Edward Jesse
  • Now Beatrice, well as she knew Dante's propensity to love, knew as well that pride was even more of a besetting weakness of his.

British Dictionary definitions for propensity


noun (pl) -ties
a natural tendency or disposition
(obsolete) partiality
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōpensus inclined to, from prōpendēre to propend
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Word Origin and History for propensity

1560s, "disposition to favor," with -ty + obsolete adjective propense "inclined, prone" (1520s), from Latin propensus, past participle of propendere "incline to, hang forward, hang down, weigh over," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + pendere "hang" (see pendant).

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