[ proh-kliv-i-tee ]
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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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/ (prəˈklɪvɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. a tendency or inclination

Origin of proclivity

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

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