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From Latin prōclīvitās, from prōclīvis (prone to).

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proclivity (plural proclivities)

  1. A predisposition or natural inclination, propensity, or a predilection; especially, a strong disposition or bent.
    Synonyms: penchant, propensity; see also Thesaurus:predilection
    The child has a proclivity for exaggeration.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[16]”, in Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare and Company, [], →OCLC:
      This therefore was the reason why the still comparatively young though dissolute man who now addressed Stephen was spoken of by some with facetious proclivities as Lord John Corley.
    • 1995, Andreu Mas-Colell, Michael D. Whinston, and Jerry R. Green, Microeconomic Theory, Oxford University Press, page 10:
      The idea is that the choice of   when facing the alternatives   reveals a proclivity for choosing   over   that we should expect to see reflected in the individual's behavior when faced with the alternatives  .
    • 2016 March 22, Emma Green, quoting Pastor Brown, “Where Is the Church in the Black Lives Matter Movement?”, in The Atlantic[1]:
      The sermon that morning was ostensibly about healthy sexual relationships, but scathing critiques of capitalism and corporations also got significant airtime. (“I have leftist proclivities,” Brown explained.)

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