Definitions

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  • n. The quality or state of being prone, or of bending downward; as, the proneness of beasts is opposed to the erectness of man.
  • n. The state of lying with the face down.
  • n. Descent; declivity; as, the proneness of a hill.
  • n. Inclination of mind, heart, or temper; propension; disposition; as, proneness to self-gratification.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being prone, or of bending downward.
  • n. The state of lying with the face down; -- opposed to supineness.
  • n. Descent; declivity.
  • n. Inclination of mind, heart, or temper; propension; disposition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being prone.
  • n. The state of bending downward: as, the proneness of beasts that look downward: opposed to the erectness of man.
  • n. The state of lying with the face or front downward: contrary to supineness.
  • n. Descent: declivity: as, the proneness of a hill.
  • n. Inclination of mind, heart, or temper; propensity; disposition: as, proneness to self-gratification or to self-justification.

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

  • n. being disposed to do something

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Examples

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  • Mollie, I do have some very happy times indeed, but I have to deplore my exceeding sinfulness, my proneness to go astray and it keeps me very low very humble in God's presence, though not half as much as it ought.

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