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’
    • ‘Field screens are prone to damage by pests and pathogens.’
    • ‘The standard cables are fiber optic but are prone to damage by personnel.’
    • ‘First, the rules as written currently are so vague that they are prone to abuse.’
    • ‘Generally, the link between adrenalin making people more prone to heart failure is not well established.’
    • ‘Indeed, some people are especially prone to error.’
    • ‘He was an objective conductor, not prone to exaggeration.’
    • ‘Passive smoking affects non-smokers and makes them more prone to respiratory infections.’
    • ‘Some of the children became prone to violent outbursts, irritability, nightmares, and insomnia.’
    • ‘The skin can crack, becoming red and inflamed and leaving it prone to infection.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The back, neck, and wrists are the most prone to injury, Chan says.’
    • ‘Could people who inherit athletic ability also be somehow genetically prone to the disease?’
    • ‘Of the tasks involved in our cases, lymph node searches appear to be especially prone to scalpel injuries.’
    • ‘In retrospect, it probably should not have been a surprise that volcanoes are prone to collapse.’
    • ‘His mind, so prone to corruption, had been overtaken.’
    • ‘A man is sometimes very excitable and prone to anger for trivial reasons.’
    • ‘He is, however, also particularly prone to exaggeration, which may make others think of him as ridiculous.’
    • ‘Areas prone to flooding will suffer terribly as sea levels rise over the next century.’
    • ‘His job relates to interacting with the public and to make the area less prone to crime.’
    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’
    • ‘Rising from his prone position on the bed, he sat on the edge.’
    • ‘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 soon settled in for some rigorous study, busying myself with my alternately prone and prostrate experiments.’
    • ‘I turned to Jack, who was prone on the floor a few feet away.’
    • ‘I was stunned and stayed in a prone position for a minute or so.’
    • ‘Two of the remaining 27 patients were never placed in the prone position.’
    • ‘The recovery of hamstring muscle strength was poorer when subjects were in the prone position.’
    • ‘Valgus stress testing in the supine position or resisted knee flexion in the prone position may reproduce the pain.’
    • ‘Pulmonary capillary wedge pressure was slightly lower in the prone position.’
    • ‘Riding boards in a prone position has been around probably longer than standup surfing.’
    • ‘You find yourself lying prone on a cold and dusty floor made of stone.’
    • ‘Rod lay prone on the sandbar in the firelight, his back hurting him.’
    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/