What does the word proclivity mean?

Usage examples for proclivity

  1. The three men sat on the verandah while a servant brought brandy- and- soda, and Nana Sahib, with a restless perversity akin to the torturing proclivity of a Hindu was quizzing the Frenchman about his recruits. – Caste by W. A. Fraser
  2. In the morning he awoke, rubbed his eyes in astonishment at the strange surroundings amid which he found himself, and after recollecting his own pet proclivity, as he ruefully surveyed all the empty coffins, ejaculated:- 'Just my usual luck. – The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent by S.M. Hussey