Definition of proclivity in English:

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proclivity

Pronunciation: /prəˈklɪvɪti/

noun (plural proclivities)

A tendency to choose or do something regularly; an inclination or predisposition towards a particular thing: a proclivity for hard work
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
liking, inclination, tendency, leaning, disposition, propensity, bent, bias, penchant, predisposition, predilection, partiality, preference, taste, fondness, weakness, proneness
rare velleity

Origin

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

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