Definitions

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

  • n. An innate inclination; a tendency. See Synonyms at predilection.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tendency, preference, or attraction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being propense; natural inclination; disposition to do good or evil; bias; bent; tendency.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bent of mind, natural or acquired; inclination; natural tendency; disposition to anything good or evil, particularly to evil: as, a propensity to gamble.
  • n. Synonyms Bias, Inclination, etc. See bent.

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

  • n. a disposition to behave in a certain way
  • n. a natural inclination
  • n. an inclination to do something

Etymologies

From propense, inclined, from Latin prōpēnsus, past participle of prōpendēre, to be inclined; see propend.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • But this propensity is already here, in embryonic form.

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  • Appearing before an audience at the University of New Mexico that cheered at virtually every jibe at Obama, McCain unloaded on his Democratic rival for everything from what he called his propensity to raise taxes and desire to impose a government-run health care system to his purported waffling on issues and his "eager" participation in a "corrupt" earmark system.

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  • On page 22, we are told that the division of labor “is the necessary, though very slow and gradual, consequence of a certain propensity in human nature … the propensity to truck, barter, and exchange one thing for another.”

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  • Google hit #5 for darwin propensity for violence, lust for power lord of the flies.

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  • For example, a consumer with an average long-term propensity to plan for money expect to pay nearly $20,000 more over the course of a 30-year mortgage on a

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  • Flesch tells us that "narratives tend to contain or at least to suggest the possibility of three basic figures (though there may be more or fewer than three characters who ‘instantiate’ them): an innocent, someone who exploits that innocent, and someone else who seeks to punish the exploiter … The biological origin of this propensity is part of what has come to be called the" evolution of cooperation. "which provides the insights that are central to this book."

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  • $200,000 home than a consumer who has a very long-term propensity to plan for money.

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  • Bandwagon is a term that refers to the propensity of one person to believe something just because whole bunches of other people do.

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  • Each respondent is assigned what's called a propensity score, which attempts to measure how much they are over - or under-represented in online panels.

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  • Aggravating this propensity was the fact that she rarely thought anything through for herself, reacting to events and others with an adolescent disregard for how others perceived her, or for the political consequences of her flights of fancy.

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  • Solomon observed mankind’s propensity (kecenderungan) for evil, describing it as those who “rejoice in doing evil, and delight in the perversity of the wicked”. ODB July 20, 2011.

    July 20, 2011

  • "Apparently, he had a propensity for violent." The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel pg 9

    October 3, 2010

  • "Self-restraint is indulgence of the propensity to forgo." -- Ambrose Bierce

    Edit:
    According to wikiquote it's:
    "Self-denial is indulgence of a propensity to forgo."

    September 25, 2008

  • Remarkably similar to a proclivity.

    August 15, 2008