What does the word propensity mean?

Usage examples for propensity

  1. He is a jovial character, very fond of the good things of this life; but it is said that he never allows this propensity to interfere with his military duties, in the performance of which he displays both zeal and talent. – Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863 by Arthur J. L. (Lieut.-Col.) Fremantle
  2. Arabella saw her depart, thinking, " How singular is her propensity to imitate me!" – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. We have sufficient reason to think that this natural propensity exists still in undiminished vigour. – An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus