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Proclivity (a natural inclination or predisposition) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Kaplan GRE Exam Vocabulary in a Box, which includes 500 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the noun proclivity

What does proclivity mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: proclivities

  1. a natural inclination

Alternative definition of the noun proclivity


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

Definition of the noun proclivity for high school students

    a strong inclination toward something
    • example: In a sick twist of fate, Harold's childhood proclivity for torturing small animals grew into a desire to become a surgeon.

The noun proclivity is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for proclivity

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Google previewMarital and Sexual Lifestyles in the United States (2013)

Attitudes, Behaviors, and Relationships in Social Context by Linda P Rouse

Rape proclivity is an acquired individual disposition to engage in coercive sexual contact; individual sexual aggression based on internalized elements of a rape culture and other personal attributes. Robin Warshaw (1988: 84) reviewed some ...

Google previewThe Illustrated Encyclopedia of Confucianism: A-M (2005)

by Rodney Leon Taylor, Howard Yuen Fung Choy

In discussing the Four Beginnings of goodness found in human nature, Mencius argues that every person has a proclivity to act ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

* PROCLIVITY, n.s. [proelhvitas, proclh/is, Lat.] 1. Tendency; natural inclination; pro- pension; pronenese. — The sensitive appetite may engender a proclivity to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Political Economy (2002)

2-volume Set by Phillip O'Hara

It was the “proclivity for taking pains” and “contriving ways and means to the end sought” (Veblen 1914:31–5). Finally there was “idle curiosity,” which lacked any “ utili- tarian aim,” but was a source of knowledge and information about the world, ...

Google previewDictionary of Film Finance and Distribution (2013)

A Guide for Independent Filmmakers by John W. Cones

practices, proclivity for wrongful conduct,” unearned income (revenue) * In account/ “reciprocal preferences,” “tort,” “ trademark” and ...

Google previewKaplan SAT Score-Raising Dictionary (2009)

A Fun and Effective Way to Learn 2,000 of the Most Frequently Tested SAT Words by Kaplan

PROCLIVITY noun (proh clih vuh tee) lack of usual necessities or comforts tendency, inclination The convict endured total privation while locked up ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous (1891)

Or Parallel Expressions Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology by Richard Soule

Disposition, tendency, proclivity, inclination, bias, bent, propensity, aptness, turn, leaning, predisposition, ply* 2. Descent, declivity. Prononce, a. Strongly marked, decided. Pronounce ...

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Quotes about proclivity

Now, I believe that war is never inevitable until it starts, but there has been a great proclivity in human history, and including in recent history, for war. (William Kirby)
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Scrabble value of P3R1O1C3L1I1V4I1T1Y4

The value of this 10-letter word is 20 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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