- 1 [predic.] (prone to/prone to do something) Likely to or liable to suffer from, do, or experience something, typically something regrettable or unwelcome: years of logging had left the mountains prone to mudslides he is prone to jump to conclusionsMore example sentences
- Indeed, some people are especially prone to error.
- Generally, the link between adrenalin making people more prone to heart failure is not well established.
- Passive smoking affects non-smokers and makes them more prone to respiratory infections.
- 2Lying flat, especially face downward: I was lying prone on a foam mattress a prone positionMore example sentences
(lying) face down, face downward, on one's stomach/front; lying flat/down, horizontal, prostrate
- You find yourself lying prone on a cold and dusty floor made of stone.
- I soon settled in for some rigorous study, busying myself with my alternately prone and prostrate experiments.
- Rod lay prone on the sandbar in the firelight, his back hurting him.
late Middle English: from Latin pronus 'leaning forward', from pro 'forward'.