[ pruh-pen-si-tee ]
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noun,plural pro·pen·si·ties.
  1. a natural inclination or tendency: a propensity to drink too much.

  2. Obsolete. favorable disposition or partiality.

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Origin of propensity

First recorded in 1560–70; propense + -ity

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British Dictionary definitions for propensity


/ (prəˈpɛnsɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. a natural tendency or disposition

  2. obsolete partiality

Origin of propensity

C16: from Latin prōpensus inclined to, from prōpendēre to propend

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