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noun, plural pro·cliv·i·ties.
  1. natural or habitual inclination or tendency; propensity; predisposition: a proclivity to meticulousness.
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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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predilection, propensity, penchant, predisposition, bent, weakness, facility, groove, flash, bias, disposition, leaning, type, druthers

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noun plural -ties
  1. a tendency or inclination
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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


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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