propensity

Part of speech: noun

Mental disposition to good or ( oftener) to evil; tendency; inclination.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", Thomas Malthus.