proclivity

[ proh-kliv-i-tee ]
/ proʊˈklɪv ɪ ti /

noun, plural pro·cliv·i·ties.

natural or habitual inclination or tendency; propensity; predisposition: a proclivity to meticulousness.

Nearby words

  1. procidentia,
  2. proclaim,
  3. proclamation,
  4. proclinate,
  5. proclitic,
  6. proclus,
  7. procne,
  8. procoagulant,
  9. procollagen,
  10. proconsul

Origin of proclivity

1585–95; < Latin prōclīvitās tendency, literally, a steep descent, steepness, equivalent to prōclīv(is) sloping forward, steep (prō- pro-1 + clīv(us) slope + -is adj. suffix) + -itās -ity

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British Dictionary definitions for proclivity

proclivity

/ (prəˈklɪvɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

a tendency or inclination

Word Origin for proclivity

C16: from Latin prōclīvitās, from prōclīvis steep, from pro- 1 + clīvus a slope

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Word Origin and History for proclivity

proclivity

n.

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.)).

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