Propensity and Proclivity


Propensity noun - An established pattern of behavior.
Usage example: the criminal propensities of the family extended over several generations

Proclivity is a synonym for propensity in tendency topic. In some cases you can use "Proclivity" instead the word "Propensity" as a noun or a verb, when it comes to topics like inclination, affection, ability, approach. popular alternative


Proclivity noun - A habitual attraction to some activity or thing.
Usage example: showed artistic proclivities at an early age

Propensity is a synonym for proclivity in inclination topic. You can use "Propensity" instead the word "Proclivity" as a noun or a verb, if it concerns topics such as tendency, liking, affection, ability. popular alternative

How words are described

natural natural propensity natural proclivity
apparent apparent propensity apparent proclivity
genetic genetic propensity genetic proclivity
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