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propensity

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Definition an inclination to behave in a certain way
  • I was conscious, even when I took the draught, of a more unbridled, a more furious propensity to ill.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Also, Thomas informed them, "He has no propensity to engage in a political career."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • FRANK [bantering her] Checks your strong natural propensity that way, don't it?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren's Profession
  • "Apparently, the propensity for public outbursts runs in the Cardinal family," Atkins boomed.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • And Herbert had seen him as a predatory Tartar of comic propensities, with a face like a red brick, and an outrageous hat all over bells.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Growing up in a single-parent home roughly doubles a child's propensity to commit crime.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • That he knew about her propensities as a hacker was serious.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • But physical and moral causes may nourish their different propensities and inclinations.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • She had a curious propensity to call Mrs. Bounderby 'Miss Gradgrind,' and yielded to it some three or four score times in the course of the evening.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Propensities, tendencies, habits, were as dead leaves upon the tyrannous wind of his imaginative ascendency.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • One that eliminates anyone with a genetic propensity for cancer or several autoimmune disorders such as lupus.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • A propensity to be saucy was one; and a perverse will, that indulged children invariably acquire, whether they be good tempered or cross.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • I was too nervous to bother explaining that one of my father's vices had been his propensity for dirty limericks.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Without a "worthy adviser," Socrates predicted, he would "fall into some disgraceful propensity and will surely go far in the career of vice."
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
  • A propensity for dying purely of autosuggestion.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • At the beginning of a pestilence and when it ends, there's always a propensity for rhetoric.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • That boy has an unnatural propensity for being wherever there's trouble.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Shiva's propensity to jump into buckets, puddles, or ditches full of water terrified the adults, who feared he'd drown.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • And then there is that disastrous propensity of yours to want to write about every sort of possible and impossible thing.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • Clary wondered if Isabelle's propensity for unsuitable footwear was genetic.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels

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