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as in: prone to Define
having a tendency (to do something)
  • The child is prone to emotional outbursts.
  • The region is prone to drought.

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  • The state’s economy is completely dependent upon that industry and thus prone to booms and busts.
  • I climbed trees and was prone to fall out of them.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • As he is subtle, and as prone to mischief
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VIII
  • failure-prone
  • Ever prone to magnify Fate, George counted up the forces that had swept him into this contentment.
    Forster, E. M.  --  A Room With A View
  • A nature prone to false enthusiasm, and the vanity of being a leader, were the worst qualities apparent in his composition.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Barnaby Rudge - A Tale Of The Riots Of ’Eighty
  • If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend to its increase.
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as in: prone position Define
lying face downward
  • The victim was found on the floor laying in a prone position.
  • 80% of children who died of sudden infant death syndrome had been lying in a prone position.

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  • In Hester Prynne’s instance, however, as not unfrequently in other cases, her sentence bore that she should stand a certain time upon the platform, but without undergoing that gripe about the neck and confinement of the head, the proneness to which was the most devilish characteristic of this ugly engine.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • And knowing your Mother’s delicate health and that timorousness which such delicately nurtured Southern ladies would naturally feel regardingmatters of business, and their charming proneness to divulge unwittingly such matters in conversation, I would suggest that you do notmention it to her at all.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • In the affair of love, which, out of strict conformity with the Stoic philosophy, we shall here treat as a disease, this proneness to relapse is no less conspicuous.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • But no one paid attention when Ross tried unsuccessfully to explain his vote, and denounced the falsehoods of Ben Butler’s investigating committee, recalling that the General’s "well known grovelling instincts and proneness to slime and uncleanness" had led "the public to insult the brute creation by dubbing him ’the beast.’ "
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart, is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position.
    George Washington  --  Washington’s Farewell Address
  • Mimi was greatly distressed when she saw her cousin lying prone.
    Stoker, Bram  --  The Lair of the White Worm
  • The window went up, a maid-servant’s discordant voice profaned the holy calm, and a deluge of water drenched the prone martyr’s remains!
    Twain, Mark  --  Tom Sawyer
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  • In part because they were new technology, and in part because they were used so heavily, planes were prone to breakdowns.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Jace wasn’t exactly prone to random fits of panic—Alec would have said he could have benefited from a bit more in the way of constructive cowardice.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes

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  • Even for Alec, who was prone to the occasional fit of inexplicable sullenness, this was obnoxious.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Though less frequent than it once had been, both of them had been prone to nightmares with Carly gone.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • The Chicago data shows that male and female teachers are equally prone to cheating.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • He needed him, what with half the family tweaking and prone to doing stupid things.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • He was prone to lengthy bouts of depression.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Not only to insure the survival of one accident-prone small boy, but to insure my family’s survival, my own birth.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • S/he becomes prone to violent outbursts, unusually reckless behavior, or self-injury (burns, bruising, and cuts that cannot be explained).
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Oh, what ghoulish opportunism are writers prone to!
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • Growing up, she’d always been gawky, with long skinny legs, zero in the hips department, and prone to the occasional bout of acne.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • He usually wasn’t prone to deep reflection.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Too little and they would be disappointed and prone to look for more.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Ruth was simpleminded and prone to fits, which spooked ignorant folk.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Abstract your mind from the subject at present: you are too prone to covet your neighbour’s goods; remember THIS neighbour’s goods are mine.’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The window went up, a maid-servant’s discordant voice profaned the holy calm, and a deluge of water drenched the prone martyr’s remains!
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • He found Edmond lying prone, bleeding, and almost senseless.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He was not a person prone to inner conflicts, he had always been sure of his actions and at peace with himself.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Karellen was doing almost all the talking, weaving the intricate sentences which he was occasionally prone to use.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • Moreover, he an exceptionally private man, not someone prone to chatting with random American professors unless there were an important reason.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Efficient, Piter, but he’s still emotional and prone to passionate outbursts.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Ginny seemed very prone to knocking things over whenever Harry entered a room.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • All human beings were laid asleep—prone, horizontal, dumb.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • I lay prone, pretending that I was knocked out, but felt myself seized by hands and yanked to my feet.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Then, too, the elephant was prone to colds, particularly during winter.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • I am as suspicious and prone to take offence as a humpback or a dwarf.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • Those who had conquered Europe have fallen prone on the earth, with nothing left to say nor to do, feeling the present shadow of a terrible presence.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He was prone to blackouts and blank spaces whenever he chugged down a few too many.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • She ran the phrase around in her head, taking it apart and putting it back together again with the caution she was prone to.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • (Or is the source of these images something, some force entirely exterior of myself, as I am prone to believe?) Does another world exist?
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • His voice was a grating, static-prone bullhorn.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Prone on the floor, he pushed the door of their bedroom open.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • A stupid man is more prone to cabin fever just as he’s more prone to shoot someone over a card game or commit a spur-ofthemoment robbery.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Attention is never a good thing, as any other accident-prone klutz would agree.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • Haven’t you noticed yet, Bella, that Edward is just the teeniest bit prone to overreaction?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Before Saphira could reach the fight, the knot of Urgals streamed back to the tunnel and scrambled underground, leaving only prone forms behind.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • You’d think moving slowly would make someone less accident prone.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • His eyes turned into little slits, just like Hegbert’s were prone to do.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • It all had to be very quick and quiet–you know the violence these hosts are prone to.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Clary turned to see Jace sitting on top of the prone intruder, whose arms were up over his head.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Other ages, of which the present is one, are unbalanced and prone to faction, and it is our business to inflame them.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • And below him in the car was Sparser, prone where he fell, but already being looked to by Ratterer.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • The calves are prone to getting sick.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • Growing up in Syria, he’d had seven sisters, but none had been this prone to drama.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • He raised himself to see the quiet forms of Withers and Nas Ta Bega prone in the starlight, and their slow, deep breathing was that of tired men.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • Dale, lying still and prone, felt a slow start in all his blood—a thrilling wave.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • She was obviously prone to violence, and mentally disturbed.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Or as Dana Norris put it, "We Pimas are not prone to tooting our own horns."
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • I could just feel the grit in my hair, which is so extremely fair it is prone to get stained.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The lieutenant was lying prone, Doc’s thermometer in his mouth.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
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