Definition of prone in US English:

prone

adjective

  • 1prone to/prone to do somethingpredicative Likely to or liable to suffer from, do, or experience something, typically something regrettable or unwelcome.

    ‘years of logging had left the mountains prone to mudslides’
    ‘he is prone to jump to conclusions’
    • ‘The skin can crack, becoming red and inflamed and leaving it prone to infection.’
    • ‘Of the tasks involved in our cases, lymph node searches appear to be especially prone to scalpel injuries.’
    • ‘The back, neck, and wrists are the most prone to injury, Chan says.’
    • ‘His mind, so prone to corruption, had been overtaken.’
    • ‘He is, however, also particularly prone to exaggeration, which may make others think of him as ridiculous.’
    • ‘First, the rules as written currently are so vague that they are prone to abuse.’
    • ‘Indeed, some people are especially prone to error.’
    • ‘Could people who inherit athletic ability also be somehow genetically prone to the disease?’
    • ‘He was an objective conductor, not prone to exaggeration.’
    • ‘Some of the children became prone to violent outbursts, irritability, nightmares, and insomnia.’
    • ‘Areas prone to flooding will suffer terribly as sea levels rise over the next century.’
    • ‘Generally, the link between adrenalin making people more prone to heart failure is not well established.’
    • ‘The devices are meant to make voting easier, more efficient and less prone to error.’
    • ‘She was usually silently stubborn but was on occasion prone to emotional outbursts.’
    • ‘A man is sometimes very excitable and prone to anger for trivial reasons.’
    • ‘Passive smoking affects non-smokers and makes them more prone to respiratory infections.’
    • ‘In retrospect, it probably should not have been a surprise that volcanoes are prone to collapse.’
    • ‘His job relates to interacting with the public and to make the area less prone to crime.’
    • ‘Field screens are prone to damage by pests and pathogens.’
    • ‘The standard cables are fiber optic but are prone to damage by personnel.’
    susceptible, vulnerable, liable, inclined, given, subject, disposed, predisposed, open
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  • 2Lying flat, especially face downward.

    ‘I was lying prone on a foam mattress’
    ‘a prone position’
    • ‘The recovery of hamstring muscle strength was poorer when subjects were in the prone position.’
    • ‘Two of the remaining 27 patients were never placed in the prone position.’
    • ‘No studies were found that evaluated appropriate interventions for patients placed in the prone position.’
    • ‘Thin axial slices through the abdomen are obtained in supine and prone positions.’
    • ‘I was stunned and stayed in a prone position for a minute or so.’
    • ‘Valgus stress testing in the supine position or resisted knee flexion in the prone position may reproduce the pain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I soon settled in for some rigorous study, busying myself with my alternately prone and prostrate experiments.’
    • ‘Riding boards in a prone position has been around probably longer than standup surfing.’
    • ‘Rod lay prone on the sandbar in the firelight, his back hurting him.’
    • ‘Rising from his prone position on the bed, he sat on the edge.’
    • ‘You find yourself lying prone on a cold and dusty floor made of stone.’
    face down, lying face down, face downwards, on one's stomach, on one's front
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    1. 2.1technical Denoting the position of the forearm with the palm of the hand facing downward.
    2. 2.2archaic With a downward slope or direction.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin pronus ‘leaning forward’, from pro ‘forwards’.

Pronunciation

prone

/prōn//proʊn/