- natural or habitual inclination or tendency; propensity; predisposition: a proclivity to meticulousness.
Origin of proclivity
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Examples from the Web for proclivity
But however laughable our proclivity for questions, doubt, and endless theorizing, it is just as equally inevitable.The JFK Assassination: The Long Weekend That Never Ended
November 1, 2013
When it comes time to write about his proclivity toward violence, I have all of these testimonies, filed in the same place.Lawrence Wright: How I Write
May 22, 2013
Nowhere is that proclivity more in evidence than in immigration policy.Heritage Immigration Study Gets the Big Things Right
May 7, 2013
Our proclivity to details cannot quite degrade our life and divest it of poetry.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
My proclivity for "prying into things" manifested itself there.Between the Lines
Henry Bascom Smith
The proclivity of the natural man is to domineer or to be subservient.
But at all events she was entirely free from Miss Delia Wall's proclivity.Beaumaroy Home from the Wars
The proclivity to secession uninterruptedly increases from this point on.The Brothers' War
John Calvin Reed
- a tendency or inclination
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.)).