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propensity

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpropensitypro‧pen‧si‧ty /prəˈpensəti/ noun (plural propensities) [countable usually singular] 🔊 🔊 formalOFTEN a natural tendency to behave in a particular waypropensity to do something 🔊 the male propensity to fightpropensity for 🔊 He seems to have a propensity for breaking things.
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propensityHe was. a gifted man, but had a propensity for falling into bad associations.All objects have a propensity to move in straight lines, upwards or downwards, towards their natural place.Yet this is exactly the behavioural propensity of the id uncovered by clinical psychoanalysis.I can tell about my propensity toward middle age spread simply by trying to fit into my double-breasted blazer.The trouble was that George had a needling propensity for deception that could not be slaked.The recorded figures exaggerate the increase in victimization which is occurring, mainly because of a greater public propensity to report certain crimes.The cousin was Carl Laemmle, founder of Universal Pictures and a man with a sentimental propensity for hiring his relatives.In turn, the propensity to marry can be measured by estimating the proportion of women still unmarried at ages 35-44.have ... propensityAll objects have a propensity to move in straight lines, upwards or downwards, towards their natural place.
From Longman Business Dictionarypropensitypro‧pen‧si‧ty /prəˈpensəti/ noun (plural propensities) [countable]1a tendency to behave in a particular wayThe plastic-bodied car’s propensity to catch fire killed demand.2marginal propensity to consumeECONOMICS the relationship between a change in people’s income and the change in the amount that they spend on goodsThe marginal propensity to consume is 0.8, because for every £10 million rise in income, consumption rises by £8 million, and the marginal propensity to save is 0.2.3marginal propensity to importECONOMICS the relationship between a change in people’s income in a country, and the change in the amount that the country importsThe marginal propensity to import is 0.2, so that for every £10 million rise in income, spending on imports rises by £2 million.4marginal propensity to saveECONOMICS when there is a change in people’s income, the change in the amount that they save in relation to the amount they spend
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