Definition of prone in English:


Syllabification: prone
Pronunciation: /prōn


1 [predicative] (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 conclusions
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  • 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.
susceptible, vulnerable, subject, open, liable, given, predisposed, likely, disposed, inclined, apt;
at risk of
2Lying flat, especially face downward: I was lying prone on a foam mattress a prone position
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  • 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.
(lying) face down, face downward, on one's stomach/front;
lying flat/down, horizontal, prostrate
2.1 technical Denoting the position of the forearm with the palm of the hand facing downward.
3 archaic With a downward slope or direction.


late Middle English: from Latin pronus 'leaning forward', from pro 'forward'.

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