Definition of proclivity in English:



  • A tendency to choose or do something regularly; an inclination or predisposition towards a particular thing.

    ‘a proclivity for hard work’
    • ‘Some obsessions appear to have larger pertinence to a person's sexual proclivities.’
    • ‘I mean, I don't believe you inherit these conditions per se, but you inherit a slight proclivity towards them.’
    • ‘He cannot, therefore, be accused of pandering to the partisan proclivities of the people.’
    • ‘Personally I have a proclivity to be ecstatic, but it's interesting, my studies have studied the most ‘sober’.’
    • ‘I'm a grown person with masculine proclivities and habits of self-defense, but there is a time when all systems of egotism and predominance fail.’
    • ‘Your health insurer may wish to know about your sexual proclivities; the security services may want to know about any suspicious book purchases you may have made with your credit card.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What does that say about our own friendships and our unfortunate proclivity to ignore people who are not similar?’
    • ‘When he first began Gay Ski Week, he initially downplayed the homosexual element, partly because he was reluctant to be too public about his own sexual proclivities.’
    • ‘And there is no evidence that the holding of liberal views on sexual matters correlates with a proclivity towards the sexual abuse of minors.’
    • ‘There has been enough mockery in the Western media concerning the proclivity of Chinese people to create counterfeit Western goods.’
    • ‘It involves a ‘politics of the will’ in which a person's capacities and proclivities are at the fore.’
    • ‘And underneath everything is a proclivity toward epic storytelling - even if one is not always sure exactly what the story is.’
    • ‘One emphasis of the workshop was on ways of reading animals to determine their biological proclivities towards skittishness.’
    • ‘All of these things independently contribute to Redfern's crime problems and all of them also contribute to the proclivity amongst young people in Redfern to use drugs.’
    • ‘Because I am gay, my sexual proclivities are not hindered by a gender gap.’
    • ‘The German proclivity towards deep motifs is at least partially attributable to the use of water-powered cutting wheels.’
    • ‘In the current study, parental monitoring relates in parallel ways to personal self-esteem and lower proclivities toward risk factors.’
    • ‘Even if one abides by the rules, the prospect of getting hit looms large, for there are any number of people who have a proclivity for reckless driving.’
    • ‘Sexual proclivity, especially one that is not acted on, does not necessarily entail a loss of impulse control.’
    liking, inclination, tendency, leaning, disposition, propensity, bent, bias, penchant, predisposition, predilection, partiality, preference, taste, fondness, weakness, proneness
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Late 16th century: from Latin proclivitas, from proclivis ‘inclined’, from pro- ‘forward, down’ + clivus ‘slope’.