propensity

[ pruh-pen-si-tee ]
/ prəˈpɛn sɪ ti /

noun, plural pro·pen·si·ties.

a natural inclination or tendency: a propensity to drink too much.
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

propensity
/ (prəˈpɛnsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

a natural tendency or disposition
obsolete partiality

Word Origin for propensity

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