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Definition of the noun proclivity

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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.

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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 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 previewThe Encyclopedia of Ecotourism (2001)

by David Bruce Weaver

that are accessible to affluent domestic populations with a high proclivity to engage in soft ecotourism activities. In addition ...

Google previewComprehensive Dictionary of Psychoanalysis (2009)

by Salman Akhtar

Thefact thatthe pervert's internal structure is not integratedleads tohiscontinous proclivity to act out. Collective unconscious: see'Primal phantasies'. Colonialcountertransference: see'Colonialism andpsychoanalysis'. Colonial transference: see ...

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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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