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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
- a natural inclination
- example: he has a proclivity for exaggeration
- lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
- synonyms of proclivity: leaning / propensity
- more generic words: disposition / inclination / tendency = an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
Alternative definition of the noun proclivity
- A predisposition or natural inclination, propensity, or a predilection; especially refers to a strong disposition or bent.
- synonym: propensity
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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The calculating proclivity is a good thing, and gives assurance of economy and thrift, but with such a faculty ought to be cultivated an ability to give expression to ideas of economy and thrift, in good plain terms and grammatical language; this is ...
by Princeton Review
A proclivity is a preference or liking. This meaning best matches (D ), propensity. Formidable means challenging or difficult to overcome. A word or phrase you might be familiar with is a formidable task or a formidable opponent.
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 ...
by Ulanda R. Davis
A proclivity is a tendency, or a bent toward a particular behavior. It is a particular action that you are not proud of, but you are bent, or you lean toward this particular type of negative behavior. When we let our proclivities run loose, ...
The Lexicon (1998)
by William F. Buckley, Jr.
proclivity (noun) An inclination; propensity; leaning. One thinks again of ...
With an Appendix Embracing a Dictionary of Briticisms, Americanisms, Colloquial Phrases, Etc. ... by Bp. Samuel Fallows
Bent, predilection, proclivity [See Proclivity}. Proper. Syn. Peculiar, appertinentt, personal, own, constitutional, special, befitting, adapted, suited, suitable, appropriate, just, fair, equitable, right, decent, becoming, fit. Ant. Common, inappertinent.
Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose
And still retain'd a natural proclivity to ruin. Fletcher The Purple ...
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 ...
A Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology (1891)
by Richard Soule
Disposition, predilection, predisposition, bent, bias, proneness, proclivity, tendency, leaning, aptitude, propensity, penchant, 4. Desire, wish, partiality, fondness, liking.
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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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