noun pro·cliv·i·ty \prō-ˈkli-və-tē\

: a strong natural liking for something that is usually bad : a tendency to do something that is usually bad

plural pro·cliv·i·ties

Full Definition of PROCLIVITY

:  an inclination or predisposition toward something; especially :  a strong inherent inclination toward something objectionable


Latin proclivitas, from proclivis sloping, prone, from pro- forward + clivus slope — more at pro-, declivity
First Known Use: circa 1591

Synonym Discussion of PROCLIVITY

leaning, propensity, proclivity, penchant mean a strong instinct or liking for something. leaning suggests a liking or attraction not strong enough to be decisive or uncontrollable <a student with artistic leanings>. propensity implies a deeply ingrained and usually irresistible inclination <a propensity to offer advice>. proclivity suggests a strong natural proneness usually to something objectionable or evil <a proclivity for violence>. penchant implies a strongly marked taste in the person or an irresistible attraction in the object <a penchant for taking risks>.


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