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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A natural propensity or inclination; predisposition. See Synonyms at predilection.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A predisposition or natural inclination, propensity, or a predilection; especially refers to a strong disposition or bent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Inclination; propensity; proneness; tendency.
  • n. Readiness; facility; aptitude.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Inclination; propensity; proneness; tendency.
  • n. Readiness; facility of learning.
  • n. Synonyms Bent, bias, predisposition, aptitude, turn (for).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a natural inclination

Etymologies

Latin prōclīvitās, from prōclīvis, inclined : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + clīvus, slope; see klei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin prōclīvitās, from pro ("toward") + clīvus ("a slope, hill"). (Wiktionary)

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