1. an inclination to do something;
- Example: "he felt leanings toward frivolity"
[syn: leaning, propensity, tendency]
2. a natural inclination;
- Example: "he has a proclivity for exaggeration"
[syn: proclivity, propensity, leaning]
3. a disposition to behave in a certain way;
- Example: "the aptness of iron to rust"
- Example: "the propensity of disease to spread"
[syn: aptness, propensity]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Propensity \Pro*pen"si*ty\, n.; pl. Propensities. The quality or state of being propense; natural inclination; disposition to do good or evil; bias; bent; tendency. "A propensity to utter blasphemy." --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] Syn: Disposition; bias; inclination; proclivity; proneness; bent; tendency. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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