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propensity

[pruh-pen-si-tee] /prəˈpɛn sɪ ti/
noun, plural propensities.
1.
a natural inclination or tendency:
a propensity to drink too much.
2.
Obsolete. favorable disposition or partiality.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; propense + -ity
Synonyms
1. bent, leaning, disposition, penchant, proclivity.
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Examples for propensities
  • When the propensities for guilt and anxiety decrease, one's judgment can be impaired severely.
  • And one doesn't have to be a full-fledged psychopath to share some of the psychopath's antisocial propensities.
  • Some other specific behavioral problems reflect innate propensities that have simply become incompatible with modern urban life.
  • The natural propensities of all human beings are easily influenced by their vocations.
  • Nurses' coquetting propensities are justly criticised.
  • As the addictive-personality model would predict, there was indeed a difference between the addictive propensities of individuals.
  • Add to these propensities his defective eyesight and frequent haste.
British Dictionary definitions for propensities

propensity

/prəˈpɛnsɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a natural tendency or disposition
2.
(obsolete) partiality
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōpensus inclined to, from prōpendēre to propend
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Word Origin and History for propensities

propensity

n.

1560s, "disposition to favor," with -ty + obsolete adjective propense "inclined, prone" (1520s), from Latin propensus, past participle of propendere "incline to, hang forward, hang down, weigh over," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + pendere "hang" (see pendant).

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