/proʊˈklıvəti/ noun, pl -ties [count]
formal : a strong natural liking for something that is usually bad : a tendency to do something that is usually bad
— usually singular

Why do some people have a proclivity for violence? [=why are some people violent?]

She has a proclivity [=tendency] to assume the worst.

He shows no proclivity towards aggression. [=he is not aggressive]

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