Definition of proclivity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//prəˈklɪvəti//
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈklɪvəti//
(pl. proclivities)
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proclivity (for something/for doing something) (formal) a natural tendency to do something or to feel something, often something bad synonym propensity his sexual/criminal proclivities the government’s proclivity for spending money Most regimes have self-destructive proclivities. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Latin proclivitas, from proclivis ‘inclined’, from pro- ‘forward, down’ + clivus ‘slope’.
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