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[proh-kliv-i-tee] /proʊˈklɪv ɪ ti/
noun, plural proclivities.
natural or habitual inclination or tendency; propensity; predisposition:
a proclivity to meticulousness.
Origin of proclivity
1585-95; < Latin prōclīvitās tendency, literally, a steep descent, steepness, equivalent to prōclīv(is) sloping forward, steep (prō- pro-1 + clīv(us) slope + -is adj. suffix) + -itās -ity
bent, leaning, disposition.
aversion. Unabridged
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  • Their efforts begin with some similarities, and then their imaginations and proclivities go to work.
  • Such an occupation would make use of my education, and it would satisfy my bookish proclivities.
  • It will also forbid insurers from discriminating against individuals because of genetic proclivities.
  • Everyone grows a form of the drug, regardless of their political leanings or recreational proclivities.
  • Males in those species differ from us in their paternal proclivities.
  • The surveyed group exhibit disturbing proclivities during daytime, too.
  • And much of the rest is going on state-driven projects, reinforcing the state's rent-seeking or megalomaniac proclivities.
  • Free expressions are not always pleasant, but they must ever be protected, with no regard to the proclivities of the enemy.
  • We'd have diversity among jurisdictions if not within them, allowing citizens to find places that fit they're proclivities.
  • But it is quirky proclivities combined with the sweat that creates the innovations around which successful businesses are formed.
British Dictionary definitions for proclivities


noun (pl) -ties
a tendency or inclination
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōclīvitās, from prōclīvis steep, from pro-1 + clīvus a slope
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Word Origin and History for proclivities



1590s, from Middle French proclivité or directly from Latin proclivitatem (nominative proclivitas) "a tendency, predisposition, propensity," from proclivis "prone to," literally "sloping, inclined," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + clivus "a slope," from PIE *klei-wo-, suffixed form of *klei "to lean" (see lean (v.)).

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