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1prone to/to do somethingLikely or liable to suffer from, do, or experience something unpleasant or regrettable:‘farmed fish are prone to disease’[in combination] ‘he was written off by many as too injury-prone’
susceptible, vulnerable, liable, inclined, given, subject, disposed, predisposed, openView synonyms
- ‘Some of the children became prone to violent outbursts, irritability, nightmares, and insomnia.’
- ‘A man is sometimes very excitable and prone to anger for trivial reasons.’
- ‘She was usually silently stubborn but was on occasion prone to emotional outbursts.’
- ‘Areas prone to flooding will suffer terribly as sea levels rise over the next century.’
- ‘The back, neck, and wrists are the most prone to injury, Chan says.’
- ‘His mind, so prone to corruption, had been overtaken.’
- ‘Passive smoking affects non-smokers and makes them more prone to respiratory infections.’
- ‘He is, however, also particularly prone to exaggeration, which may make others think of him as ridiculous.’
- ‘Field screens are prone to damage by pests and pathogens.’
- ‘He was an objective conductor, not prone to exaggeration.’
- ‘The skin can crack, becoming red and inflamed and leaving it prone to infection.’
- ‘His job relates to interacting with the public and to make the area less prone to crime.’
- ‘Of the tasks involved in our cases, lymph node searches appear to be especially prone to scalpel injuries.’
- ‘The devices are meant to make voting easier, more efficient and less prone to error.’
- ‘In retrospect, it probably should not have been a surprise that volcanoes are prone to collapse.’
- ‘Could people who inherit athletic ability also be somehow genetically prone to the disease?’
- ‘First, the rules as written currently are so vague that they are prone to abuse.’
- ‘The standard cables are fiber optic but are prone to damage by personnel.’
- ‘Generally, the link between adrenalin making people more prone to heart failure is not well established.’
- ‘Indeed, some people are especially prone to error.’
2Lying flat, especially face downwards:‘I was lying prone on a foam mattress’‘a prone position’
face downwards, on one's stomach, on one's frontView synonyms
- ‘Thin axial slices through the abdomen are obtained in supine and prone positions.’
- ‘The recovery of hamstring muscle strength was poorer when subjects were in the prone position.’
- ‘I soon settled in for some rigorous study, busying myself with my alternately prone and prostrate experiments.’
- ‘Rising from his prone position on the bed, he sat on the edge.’
- ‘Two of the remaining 27 patients were never placed in the prone position.’
- ‘Valgus stress testing in the supine position or resisted knee flexion in the prone position may reproduce the pain.’
- ‘Rod lay prone on the sandbar in the firelight, his back hurting him.’
- ‘You find yourself lying prone on a cold and dusty floor made of stone.’
- ‘Riding boards in a prone position has been around probably longer than standup surfing.’
- ‘I was stunned and stayed in a prone position for a minute or so.’
- ‘I turned to Jack, who was prone on the floor a few feet away.’
- ‘Pulmonary capillary wedge pressure was slightly lower in the prone position.’
- ‘No studies were found that evaluated appropriate interventions for patients placed in the prone position.’
- 2.1technical Denoting the position of the forearm with the palm of the hand facing downwards.
- 2.2archaic With a downward slope or direction.
Late Middle English: from Latin pronus leaning forward, from pro forwards.
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