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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: propense 'tending' (16-19 centuries), from Latin, past participle of propendere 'to lean toward'

propensity

noun
     
pro‧pen‧si‧ty plural propensities [countable usually singular]
formal a natural tendency to behave in a particular way
propensity to do something
the male propensity to fight
propensity for
He seems to have a propensity for breaking things.

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