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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Propensity


PROPEN'SION

PROPENS'ITY, noun [Latin propensio.]

1. Bent of mind, natural or acquired; inclination; in a moral sense; disposition to any thing good or evil, particularly to evil; as a propensity to sin; the corrupt propensity of the will.

It requires critical nicety to find out the genius or propensions of a child.

2. Natural tendency; as the propension of bodies to a particular place.

[In a moral sense, propensity is now chiefly used.]