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Dec 18, 2020
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irrefutable
amnesia
psychogenic
polydipsia
propensity

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propensity

PRONUNCIATION:
(pruh-PEN-suh-tee)

MEANING:
noun: An inclination to behave in a particular way.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin pro- (toward) + pendere (to weigh). Ultimately from the Indo-European root (s)pen- (to draw, to spin), which also gave us pendulum, spider, pound, pansy, pendant, ponder, appendix, penthouse, depend, spontaneous, vilipend, pendulous, filipendulous, equipoise, perpend, pensive, and floccipend. Earliest documented use: 1550.

USAGE:
“Mackenzie also mentions an infant of three who had polydipsia from birth and drank daily nearly two pailfuls of water. At the age of twenty-two she married a cobbler, unaware of her propensity, who found that his earnings did not suffice to keep her in water alone, and he was compelled to melt ice and snow for her.”
George M. Gould & Walter L. Pyle; Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine; W.B. Saunders; 1897.

See more usage examples of propensity in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Art should be like a holiday: something to give a man the opportunity to see things differently and to change his point of view. -Paul Klee, painter (18 Dec 1879-1940)

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