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Definition a tendency, inclination, preference, or strength
  • She has a proclivity for exaggeration.
proclivity = tendency
  • Her natural proclivity is to spend rather than to save.
  • proclivity = inclination
  • John's proclivity toward moodiness has increased with each month.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • proclivity = tendency
  • Its people were forced into the role of teenagers hiding their vices and proclivities from a shadowy army of parents.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • proclivities = preferences
  • I had no proclivity for football whatsoever.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • proclivity = inclination (to be interested in or to do well at)
  • His reign was being continued now in the person of his son, Baby Doc—a little less crafty than his father but with the same proclivity for murdering political enemies and for stealing and misappropriating foreign aid.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • proclivity = tendency
  • The boys on the Under 15s felt the conflict between the two worlds more acutely than their younger siblings, if only because they had spent more time in their home countries, which was borne out in the older boys' thicker accents and fondness for the native dress of their parents, proclivities that sometimes drew ridicule from the American kids at school.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • proclivities = preferences
  • "And how splendid his chariot!" replies a neighbor, of the same proclivities.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • proclivities = preferences
  • He carried himself with the same self-important air, took his new state with easy familiarity, and rejoiced in Carrie's proclivities and successes.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • proclivities = tendencies
  • And Luma's proclivities wore off on her impressionable young players as well, in sometimes unexpected ways.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • proclivities = tendencies
  • Likewise it roused his latent sentimental proclivities.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • proclivities = tendencies
  • The ship's priest comes to mind, but he is a rheumyeyed man with a proclivity for drink.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • proclivity = tendency
  • This therefore was the reason why the still comparatively young though dissolute man who now addressed Stephen was spoken of by some with facetious proclivities as Lord John Corley.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • proclivities = tendencies
  • But Mary and Bill wanted mountain-climbing, and had already yawned their way in Dallas's wake through the English cathedrals; and May, always fair to her children, had insisted on holding the balance evenly between their athletic and artistic proclivities.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • proclivities = preferences
  • They occasionally looked over the multitude of squabbling children, listened affectionately to their high-pitched, nasal voices, smiling to see their own proclivities reproduced in their offspring, and interspersed their legends of the iron kings with remarks about their sons' progress at school, their grades in arithmetic, and the amounts they had saved in their toy banks.
    Willa Cather  --  Paul's Case
  • proclivities = tendencies
  • As it turned out, however, the jury left for the night with an even lower opinion of Seth Hubbard and his proclivities.
    John Grisham  --  Sycamore Row
  • proclivities = tendencies
  • "Our Master of the Lodge"—he pointed at Settembrini—"may wish to claim that all pedagogic proclivities, even the very calling itself, belong to bourgeois humanism—but one must take issue with him there."
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • proclivities = tendencies
  • Whether that protest still lives within you as well, seeing that you are following the bidding of the local powers—or whether it is not, rather, the body and its evil proclivities that you all too willingly obey ...
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • proclivities = tendencies or preferences
  • He might like to look at her in that outrageous bandit costume; it might have pleased certain vain and notoriety-seeking proclivities of his, habits of his California road-agent days; but she felt that notwithstanding this, once she had donned the long coat he was relieved and glad in spite of himself.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • proclivities = tendencies
  • ...him a nice daily glass of porter, to be drunk with his snack when he returned from school—a robust brew, as everyone knows, which Dr. Heidekind believed helped build the blood and which, however that might be, Hans Castorp discovered, much to his satisfaction, had a calming effect on his spirits and pleasantly assisted him in his proclivity to "doze"—as his Uncle Tienappel put it—when he would sit with his mouth slightly open, dreaming away without a single firm thought in his head.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
proclivity = tendency

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