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PROPENSITY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does propensity mean? 

PROPENSITY (noun)
  The noun PROPENSITY has 3 senses:

1. an inclination to do something
2. a natural inclination
3. a disposition to behave in a certain way

  Familiarity information: PROPENSITY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PROPENSITY (noun)


Sense 1propensity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An inclination to do something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

leaning; propensity; tendency

Context example:

he felt leanings toward frivolity

Hypernyms ("propensity" is a kind of...):

inclination (that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking)


Sense 2propensity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A natural inclination

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

proclivity; leaning; propensity

Context example:

he has a proclivity for exaggeration

Hypernyms ("propensity" is a kind of...):

disposition; inclination; tendency (an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others)


Sense 3propensity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A disposition to behave in a certain way

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

aptness; propensity

Context examples:

the aptness of iron to rust / the propensity of disease to spread

Hypernyms ("propensity" is a kind of...):

disposition (a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing)


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