proclivity

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From Latin prōclīvitās, from pro (toward) + clīvus (a slope, hill).

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proclivity (plural proclivities)

  1. A predisposition or natural inclination, propensity, or a predilection; especially refers to a strong disposition or bent.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, Episode 16
      This therefore was the reason why the still comparatively young though dissolute man who now addressed Stephen was spoken of by some with facetious proclivities as Lord John Corley.

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