noun, plural pro·pen·si·ties.
- propenyl group,
- proper adjective
Origin of propensity
Examples from the Web for propensity
He also has a propensity to use clanking words when he could have used simpler ones.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The critters have the propensity to devour their babies if alarmed and so require a calm environment for breeding.
Total mass becomes significant because of the propensity of a thermal runaway to spread rapidly.Passenger Flights Must Stop Carrying Lithium-Ion Batteries as Cargo|Clive Irving|May 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Our none-too-shabby showing in the medal count this year is due primarily to our propensity to come in third.What’s a Key to Victory in Sochi? Coming So Close to Defeat.|Kevin Bleyer|February 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some privacy advocates think that our propensity for being unnerved by drones will end up being a boon to privacy.
No one can doubt that man has as strong a propensity to unite with woman, as bulls and stags have with the females of their kind.Ancient Faiths And Modern|Thomas Inman
She feared the magnetic power of The Red Lion, coupled with my propensity for rotating.The Lure of Old London|Sophie Cole
And again: "Whenever he indulges this propensity he uniformly lays down good law."What Is Man? And Other Stories|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He had attributed this propensity to a simple womanly talent for motherliness.Aurora the Magnificent|Gertrude Hall
Of this propensity to sordid converse I have seen an account so seriously ridiculous, that it seems to deserve insertion.The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes|Samuel Johnson
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for propensity
1560s, "disposition to favor," with -ty + obsolete adjective propense "inclined, prone" (1520s), from Latin propensus, past participle of propendere "incline to, hang forward, hang down, weigh over," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + pendere "hang" (see pendant).