SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of prone 1 1350–1400; Middle English < Latin prōnus turned or leaning forward, inclined downward, disposed, prone Related forms prone·ly, adverb prone·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for proner Historical Examples of proner British Dictionary definitions for proner adjective lying flat or face downwards; prostrate sloping or tending downwards having an inclination to do something Derived Forms pronely, adverb proneness, noun Word Origin for prone
C14: from Latin
prōnus bent forward, from pro- 1
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Word Origin and History for proner adj.
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.
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adj. Lying with the front or face downward. Having a tendency; inclined.
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