prone

1
[ prohn ]
/ proʊn /
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adjective

having a natural inclination or tendency to something; disposed; liable: to be prone to anger.
having the front or ventral part downward; lying face downward.
lying flat; prostrate.
having a downward direction or slope.
having the palm downward, as the hand.

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Origin of prone

1
1350–1400; Middle English <Latin prōnus turned or leaning forward, inclined downward, disposed, prone

OTHER WORDS FROM prone

pronely, adverbproneness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH prone

prone , prostate, prostrate, supine

Definition for prone (2 of 2)

prone2
[ prohn ]
/ proʊn /

noun

a sermon or a brief hortatory introduction to a sermon, usually delivered at a service at which the Eucharist is celebrated.

Origin of prone

2
First recorded in 1660–70, prone is from the French word prône grill, grating (separating chancel from nave); so called because notices and addresses were delivered there
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British Dictionary definitions for prone (1 of 2)

prone
/ (prəʊn) /

adjective

lying flat or face downwards; prostrate
sloping or tending downwards
having an inclination to do something

Derived forms of prone

pronely, adverbproneness, noun

Word Origin for prone

C14: from Latin prōnus bent forward, from pro- 1

British Dictionary definitions for prone (2 of 2)

-prone

adj combining form

liable or disposed to sufferaccident-prone
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Medical definitions for prone

prone
[ prōn ]

adj.

Lying with the front or face downward.
Having a tendency; inclined.

adv.

In a prone manner.
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