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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun proclivity:

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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

noun

  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 previewIn Harm's Way (2007)

Essays in Honor of Joel Feinberg by Jules L. Coleman, Allen Buchanan

Here the agent's critical reasoning proclivity is a tyrant that oppresses a disordered self. The argument just made in effect challenges the idea that the conceptions of the Real Self condition canvassed in this essay are properly regarded as ...

Google previewMedical Record (1918)

by George Frederick Shrady, Thomas Lathrop Stedman

In hysteria the dominant proclivity is the enacting current thought as born of the senses and unmodified by the ...

Google previewFifty Years of a Showman's Life (1919)

by Thomas Forder Plowman

After all, the best excuse for a spending proclivity is an income that will admit of it. If we can afford luxuries, we may indulge in them within the bounds of reason ; if, in the end, we have to retrench we must be careful to cut off superfluities and ...

Google previewJournal of the Bath and West (1905)

And Southern Counties Society by Bath and West and Southern Counties Society

for a spending proclivity is an income that will admit of it. If we can afford luxuries, we may indulge in them within the bounds of reason ; if, in the end, we have to retrench we must be careful to cut off superfluities and ...

Google previewJournal (1905)

by Bath and West and Southern Counties Society

After all, the best excuse for a spending proclivity is an income that will admit of it. If we can afford luxuries, we may indulge in them within the bounds of reason ; if, in the end, we have to retrench we must be careful to cut off superfluities and ...

Google previewThe Christian Science Journal (1901)

Since a better condition Is but a nearer approach to the absolute Good, this aspiring proclivity is a seeking after God, "the soul's sincere desire," the true prayer. It is manifested in the outstretched arms of the infant, the aspirations of boyhood, ...

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 previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms (1984)

A Dictionary of Discriminated Synonyms with Antonyms and Analogous and Contrasted Words by Merriam-Webster, Inc

leaning n Leaning, propensity, proclivity, penchant, flair mean a ...

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 ...

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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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