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propensity

Syllabification: pro·pen·si·ty
Pronunciation: /prəˈpensədē
 
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Definition of propensity in English:

noun (plural propensities)

An inclination or natural tendency to behave in a particular way: a propensity for violence [with infinitive]: their innate propensity to attack one another
More example sentences
  • Those that succeed do so with grace and with what seems to be a natural propensity to invent.
  • It is better to look for those tulips with a natural propensity for repeat performance.
  • On the other side of the coin, restrictive policies bring about an inhibiting econo-socio-political environment, which restrains the blossoming of a society's natural propensities.
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Origin

late 16th century: from archaic propense (from Latin propensus 'inclined', past participle of propendere, from pro- 'forward, down' + pendere 'hang') + -ity.

Words that rhyme with propensity

density, immensity, tensity

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