- An inclination or predisposition toward something, especially a strong inherent inclination toward something objectionable. For example, a patient might be said to have a proclivity toward alcohol.
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Proclivity — Pro*cliv i*ty, n. [L. proclivitas: cf. F. proclivit[ e].] [1913 Webster] 1. Inclination; propensity; proneness; tendency. A proclivity to steal. Abp. Bramhall. [1913 Webster] 2. Readiness; facility; aptitude. [1913 Webster] He had such a… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
proclivity — I noun ability, appetence, appetency aptitude, aptness, bent, bias, disposition, facility, gift, gravitation, inclination, inherent ability, innate disposition, innate sense, instinct, leaning, liking, natural sense, partiality, penchant,… … Law dictionary
proclivity — (n.) 1590s, from L. proclivitatem (nom. proclivitas) a tendency, propensity, from proclivis prone to, lit. sloping, from pro forward (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + clivus a slope, from PIE *klei wo , suffixed form of *klei … Etymology dictionary
proclivity — noun a natural inclination he has a proclivity for exaggeration • Syn: ↑propensity, ↑leaning • Hypernyms: ↑inclination, ↑disposition, ↑tendency * * * n tendency, leaning … Useful english dictionary
proclivity — n. (formal) a proclivity for; to, towards * * * [prə klɪvɪtɪ] to towards (formal) a proclivity for … Combinatory dictionary
proclivity — pro|cliv|i|ty [prəˈklıvıti US prou ] n plural proclivities [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: proclivitas, from proclivis sloping , from clivis hill ] formal a tendency to behave in a particular way, or to like a particular thing used especially… … Dictionary of contemporary English
proclivity — [[t]prəklɪ̱vɪti, AM proʊ [/t]] proclivities N COUNT A proclivity is a tendency to behave in a particular way or to like a particular thing, often a bad way or thing. [FORMAL] He was indulging his own sexual proclivities. ...a proclivity to… … English dictionary
proclivity — /proh kliv i tee/, n., pl. proclivities. natural or habitual inclination or tendency; propensity; predisposition: a proclivity to meticulousness. [1585 95; < L proclivitas tendency, lit., a steep descent, steepness, equiv. to procliv(is) sloping… … Universalium
proclivity — noun (countable + to/towards/for) formal a strong liking for something or natural tendency to do something, especially something bad: The child shows no proclivity towards aggression as far as I can see … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
proclivity — noun (plural ties) Etymology: Latin proclivitas, from proclivis sloping, prone, from pro forward + clivus slope more at pro , declivity Date: circa 1591 an inclination or predisposition toward something; especially a strong inherent inclination… … New Collegiate Dictionary