propensity

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

a natural inclination

Check Icon How to Memorize

propensity - tendency

Check Icon Analysis

A ‘propensity’ is a strong instinct or predisposition for something. It implies a natural tendency to do a certain thing rather than something learned and, therefore, it can be hard to change a propensity one has. As the word is more commonly used in relation to a person’s bad habit(s), that can oftentimes be an issue.

ExamsSpokenOther
Synonyms inclination
Antonyms disinclination

Check Icon Example(s)

  1. Alex needs to watch his behaviour. He has an unfortunate propensity to get himself into trouble.

  2. The prisoner was not granted an early release date due to his propensity for violence.

  3. Mary is well-liked and respected by everybody in the office due to her propensity for helping others.

Related Links