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Definition of prone adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1likely to suffer from something or to do something bad synonym liable prone to something prone to injury Working without a break makes you more prone to error. prone to do something Tired drivers were found to be particularly prone to ignore warning signs.
  2. 2-prone (in adjectives) likely to suffer or do the thing mentioned error-prone injury-prone see also accident-prone
  3. 3(formal) lying flat with the front of your body touching the ground synonym prostrate The victim lay prone without moving. He was found lying in a prone position. compare supine
noun [uncountable] proneness to depression
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