Definition of proclivity in English:

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Pronunciation: /prōˈklivədē/
Pronunciation: /prəˈklivədē/

noun (plural proclivities)

A tendency to choose or do something regularly; an inclination or predisposition toward a particular thing: a proclivity for hard work
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  • And there is no evidence that the holding of liberal views on sexual matters correlates with a proclivity towards the sexual abuse of minors.
  • Some obsessions appear to have larger pertinence to a person's sexual proclivities.
  • Yet an action that affects other people is always, by definition, a moral issue, regardless of whether the actor chooses the proclivity to engage in it.
inclination, tendency, leaning, disposition, proneness, propensity, bent, bias, penchant, predisposition;
predilection, partiality, liking, preference, taste, fondness, weakness


Late 16th century: from Latin proclivitas, from proclivis 'inclined', from pro- 'forward, down' + clivus 'slope'.

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Syllabification: pro·cliv·i·ty

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