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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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Examples from the web for proclivity
  • His proclivity for gaining weight became a topic of public discussion.
  • In time, he made his art out of this proclivity.
  • The name signifies their proclivity toward global worldviews and individualistic opinions.
  • I'm pretty sure dogs are born with a proclivity to enjoy riding in the car.
  • Friends and acquaintances, knowing of her artistic proclivity, bring her an endless supply of used bags.
  • There is a human proclivity to try and bend the rules.
  • And executives wonder where the government's proclivity for regulation will end.
  • It's a psychological disease, not a genetic proclivity.
  • By necessity, by proclivity and by delight, we all quote.
  • As a result, they showed a proclivity for making irrational decisions.
British Dictionary definitions for proclivity


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 proclivity

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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