I noun ability, affinity, aptitude, aptness, art, attraction, bent, bias, capacity, deftness, dexterity, disposition, facility, fancy, favor, felicity, fondness, forte, genius, gift, inclination, knack, leaning, liking, mind, partiality, passion, penchant, ply, predilection, predisposition, preference, prodivitas, proclivity, proneness, pronus, propenseness, propension, propensus, qualification, readiness, relish, sharpness, skill, talent, taste, tendency, warp, weakness associated concepts: propensity to commit a crime, viscous propensities II index affinity (regard), animus, aptitude, bias, character (personal quality), characteristic, conatus, conviction (persuasion), desire, disposition (inclination), favor (partiality), frame (mood), habit, inclination, instinct, partiality, penchant, position (point of view), predilection, predisposition, preference (choice), proclivity, standpoint, tendency

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  • propensity — pro‧pen‧si‧ty [prəˈpensti] noun propensities PLURALFORM [countable] 1. a tendency to behave in a particular way: • The plastic bodied car s propensity to catch fire killed demand. 2. marginal propensity to consume ECONOMICS the relationship… …   Financial and business terms

  • Propensity — Pro*pen si*ty, n.; pl. {Propensities}. The quality or state of being propense; natural inclination; disposition to do good or evil; bias; bent; tendency. A propensity to utter blasphemy. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] Syn: Disposition; bias;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • propensity — 1560s, disposition to favor, from obsolete adj. propense inclined, prone (1520s), from L. propendere incline to, hang forward, weigh over, from pro forward (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + pendere hang (see PENDANT (Cf. pendant)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • propensity — *leaning, proclivity, penchant, flair Analogous words: *predilection, prejudice, bias, prepossession: *gift, aptitude, bent, turn, knack: predisposition, disposition, inclination (see corresponding verbs at INCLINE) Antonyms: antipathy …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • propensity — [n] inclination, weakness ability, aptness, bent*, bias, capacity, competence, disposition, flash, inclining, leaning, liability, partiality, penchant, predilection, predisposition, proclivity, proneness, susceptibility, sweet tooth*, talent,… …   New thesaurus

  • propensity — ► NOUN (pl. propensities) ▪ an inclination or tendency. ORIGIN from Latin propensus inclined …   English terms dictionary

  • propensity — [prə pen′sə tē] n. pl. propensities [< propense, inclined < L propensus, pp. of propendere (see PROPEND) + ITY] 1. a natural inclination or tendency; bent 2. Obs. favorable inclination; bias ( for) SYN. INCLINATION …   English World dictionary

  • propensity — n. (formal) 1) a propensity for (a propensity for exaggerating) 2) a propensity to + inf. (he has a propensity to exaggerate) * * * [prə pensɪtɪ] (formal) a propensity for (a propensity for exaggerating) a propensity to + inf. (he has a… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • propensity — pro|pen|si|ty [prəˈpensıti] n plural propensities [C usually singular] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: propense tending (16 19 centuries), from Latin, past participle of propendere to lean toward ] formal a natural tendency to behave in a particular… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • propensity — [[t]prəpe̱nsɪti[/t]] propensities N COUNT: oft N to inf, N for n A propensity to do something or a propensity for something is a natural tendency that you have to behave in a particular way. [FORMAL] Mr Bint has a propensity to put off decisions… …   English dictionary

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