- 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.
Origin of prone1
Synonyms for prone
Related Words for pronerdevoted, exposed, susceptible, inclined, apt, sensitive, willing, ready, flat, horizontal, level, prostrate, recumbent, supine, decumbent, procumbent, resupine, bent, disposed, given
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Historical Examples of proner
- lying flat or face downwards; prostrate
- sloping or tending downwards
- having an inclination to do something
Word Origin for prone
c.1400, "naturally inclined to something, apt, liable," from Latin pronus "bent forward, leaning forward, bent over," figuratively "inclined to, disposed," perhaps from adverbial form of pro- "before, for, instead of" (see pro-) + ending as in infernus, externus. Meaning "lying face-down" is first recorded 1570s. Literal and figurative senses both were in Latin; figurative is older in English. Related: Proneness.
- Lying with the front or face downward.
- Having a tendency; inclined.
- In a prone manner.