[ prohn ]
/ proʊn /
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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 prone1
1350–1400; Middle English <Latin prōnus turned or leaning forward, inclined downward, disposed, prone
OTHER WORDS FROM pronepronely, adverbproneness, noun
Other definitions for prone (2 of 2)
[ prohn ]
/ proʊn /
a sermon or a brief hortatory introduction to a sermon, usually delivered at a service at which the Eucharist is celebrated.
Origin of prone2
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)
/ (prəʊn) /
lying flat or face downwards; prostrate
sloping or tending downwards
having an inclination to do something
Derived forms of pronepronely, adverbproneness, noun
Word Origin for prone
C14: from Latin prōnus bent forward, from pro- 1
British Dictionary definitions for prone (2 of 2)
adj combining form
liable or disposed to sufferaccident-prone
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Medical definitions for prone
[ prōn ]
Lying with the front or face downward.
Having a tendency; inclined.
In a prone manner.
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