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[prohn] /proʊn/
having a natural inclination or tendency to something; disposed; liable:
to be prone to anger.
having the front or ventral part downward; lying face downward.
lying flat; prostrate.
having a downward direction or slope.
having the palm downward, as the hand.
Origin of prone1
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin prōnus turned or leaning forward, inclined downward, disposed, prone
Related forms
pronely, adverb
proneness, noun
Can be confused
1. apt, subject, tending. 3. recumbent.


[prohn] /proʊn/
a sermon or a brief hortatory introduction to a sermon, usually delivered at a service at which the Eucharist is celebrated.
1660-70; < French prône grill, grating (separating chancel from nave); so called because notices and addresses were delivered there Unabridged
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  • Directly above her bed, visible while prone, is a collection of beautiful butterflies.
British Dictionary definitions for prone


lying flat or face downwards; prostrate
sloping or tending downwards
having an inclination to do something
Derived Forms
pronely, adverb
proneness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin prōnus bent forward, from pro-1
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Word Origin and History for prone

c.1400, "naturally inclined to something, apt, liable," from Latin pronus "bent forward, leaning forward, bent over," figuratively "inclined to, disposed," perhaps from adverbial form of pro- "before, for, instead of" (see pro-) + ending as in infernus, externus. Meaning "lying face-down" is first recorded 1570s. Literal and figurative senses both were in Latin; figurative is older in English. Related: Proneness.

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prone in Medicine

prone (prōn)

  1. Lying with the front or face downward.

  2. Having a tendency; inclined.

In a prone manner.
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