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propensity (noun) Tendency [to a particular kind of behavior.
A personís propensity to joke is their natural tendency to joke, that is, they have the behavior of joking. A person has a propensity to lie if they have the natural tendency to lie with or without good reasons. If a person makes much of very little things, they have the propensity to exaggerate.
- The teacher noticed in the boy a propensity to bully others. Not a day passed without his bullying his class mates especially the milder pupils of the class.
- His propensity to jokes was so strong that even in the most serious situation he would joke and that irritated others.