from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being propense; natural tendency.
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Consider, for example, the vice of envy, and the general propenseness of men to be in it.
Puritan squire of a cultured sort, popular among his tenantry and punctual at Quarter-Sessions, with "an exceeding propenseness to field sports" and "busy in the embellishment of his estate, of which he was very fond."
Wherefore, inasmuch as the said adventurers here have only power to return back to those of New Eng - land what they shall receive, as the pleasure of those right honourable persons that are the lords paten - tees; forasmuch, also, as from the several discourses had and favours already received, the said adventurers here cannot but have a strong confidence of their lord - ship's inclination and propenseness to give all just and possible encouragement to undertakings so publick as all things of this nature are; the said adventurers could not find any way better how to discharge the faithfulness of that duty and respect which becomes them to demonstrate towards their lordships, than thus candidly and sincerely to state to their lordships the i Papers.