V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a natural tendency or preference for something

Synonyms: tendency, penchant, proclivity, inclination, predisposition, bent, ability, capacity

Antonyms: inability, disinclination

Tips: A propensity is a natural inclination to behave a certain way or to like one thing over another. Propensity often refers to a negative tendency, but not always. Propensity is synonymous with penchant and proclivity. See proclivity for a detailed analysis of when to use each word.

Usage Examples:

The manager's propensity for critical comments was well known in the company. (penchant, predisposition)

California has a propensity for liberal politics. (tendency, bent)

His propensity for laughter spreads good cheer throughout the office. (predisposition, inclination)

She has the propensity to discuss a single issue for hours, and I often have to cut her short. (ability, tendency)

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