PROPENSITY in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of PROPENSITY
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 n.  natural inclination; tendency or preference; predilection
Classic Sentence:
1  She had in truth no abstract propensity to malice: she did not dislike Lily because the latter was brilliant and predominant, but because she thought that Lily disliked her.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: Chapter 11
2  Hereby perhaps Stubb indirectly hinted, that though man loved his fellow, yet man is a money-making animal, which propensity too often interferes with his benevolence.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 93. The Castaway.
3  Edna often wondered at one propensity which sometimes had inwardly disturbed her without causing any outward show or manifestation on her part.
The Awakening By Kate Chopin
Context  Highlight   In VII
4  A propensity to be saucy was one; and a perverse will, that indulged children invariably acquire, whether they be good tempered or cross.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XVIII
5  For now I could no longer deny that I was a real Yahoo in every limb and feature, since the females had a natural propensity to me, as one of their own species.
Gulliver's Travels(V2) By Jonathan Swift
Context  Highlight   In PART 4: CHAPTER VIII.
6  I was conscious, even when I took the draught, of a more unbridled, a more furious propensity to ill.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde By Robert Louis Stevenson
7  Once again, Stephen had to conquer an instinctive propensity to dislike this old woman, though her manner was as honest and simple as a manner possibly could be.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 2: CHAPTER VI
8  Each faulty propensity in leading him to evil, had led him likewise to punishment.
Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 44
9  But of his minuter propensities, as you call them you have from peculiar circumstances been kept more ignorant than myself.
Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 4
10  And Herbert had seen him as a predatory Tartar of comic propensities, with a face like a red brick, and an outrageous hat all over bells.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Context  Highlight   In Chapter XLVII
11  Well, propensities and principles must be reconciled by some means.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XXX
12  Nothing but the most prompt, speedy and extreme punishment can hold in check the horrible and beastial propensities of the Negro race.
Southern Horrors By Ida B. Wells-Barnett
Context  Highlight   In V
Example Sentence:
1  Convinced of his own talent, Sol has an unfortunate propensity to belittle the talents of others.
2  She had a turn for traffic, and a marked propensity for saving; shown not only in the vending of eggs and chickens, but also in driving hard bargains with the gardener about flower-roots, seeds, and slips of plants.