VCR Lesson 5 Presentation

By: Anna Mattapallil

Fill In The Blank

The Slytherin students' __________ for turning evil contributed to the house's bad reputation.

Proclivity (noun)

A natural inclination; a tendency to choose to or do something regularly

Roots (Latin)

"Pro" - forth
"Clivus" - slope

Other forms of the Word

Proclivitous (adj.)

Synonyms

1. inclination
tendency
disposition
proneness
propensity
bent


**There is a slight difference in connotation between the 1st and 2nd categories. The 1st deals with a tendency to do something or a character trait. The second, which is similar to the other vocabulary word "penchant" means a liking or bias for something. Many of the following words wouldn't make sense if they replaced "proclivity."

Similar, But Not Synonyms

2. penchant
liking
leaning
taste
fondness
predilection
partiality
preference
bias

Antonyms

disinclination

**There are not many direct antonyms. Most contradict the second list of words instead of the first.

Choose the letter of the sentence in which the word in bold-faced type is not used correctly.

a. Unlike her sisters, the Little Mermaid had a proclivity for land, rather than the sea.
b. Even though the student was bright, his proclivity to procrastinate set him back.
c. The jury dismissed the witness's case as soon as they saw through his facade and realized she had a proclivity for exaggeration.
d. Despite her proclivity to be insensitive, the young girl was very kind and generous at heart.

The right answer is...

A. Here, the correct word is penchant, which is commonly confused for proclivity.