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Proclivity


PROCLIV'ITY, noun [Latin proclivitas, proclivis; pro and clivus, a cliff.]

1. Inclination; propensity; proneness; tendency.

The sensitive appetite may engender a proclivity to steal, but not a necessity to steal.

2. Readiness; facility of learning.

He had such a dexterous proclivity that his teachers were fain to restrain his forwardness.