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Definition 1: a disposition to behave in a certain way - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where propensity or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for propensity in the sense of this definition

(propensity is a kind of ...) a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing

"a swelling with a disposition to rupture"

Definition 2: a natural inclination - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where propensity or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he has a proclivity for exaggeration

Synonyms for propensity in the sense of this definition

(propensity is a kind of ...) an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others

"he had an inclination to give up too easily" "a tendency to be too strict"

Definition 3: an inclination to do something - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where propensity or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he felt leanings toward frivolity

Synonyms for propensity in the sense of this definition

(propensity is a kind of ...) that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking

"her inclination is for classical music"

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