• WordNet 3.6
    • n proneness being disposed to do something "accident proneness"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Research indicates that babies who suck on pacifiers are more prone to ear aches
    • Proneness Descent; declivity; as, the proneness of a hill.
    • Proneness Inclination of mind, heart, or temper; propension; disposition; as, proneness to self-gratification.
    • Proneness The quality or state of being prone, or of bending downward; as, the proneness of beasts is opposed to the erectness of man.
    • Proneness The state of lying with the face down; -- opposed to supineness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Every year, surgical tools are left in approximately 1,500 patients in the USA. Fatter patients are more prone to having a surgical tool left inside of them due to the additional amount of space in their bodies
    • n proneness The state of being prone.
    • n proneness The state of bending downward: as, the proneness of beasts that look downward: opposed to the erectness of man.
    • n proneness The state of lying with the face or front downward: contrary to supineness.
    • n proneness Descent: declivity: as, the proneness of a hill.
    • n proneness Inclination of mind, heart, or temper; propensity; disposition: as, proneness to self-gratification or to self-justification. Synonyms Tendency, Disposition, etc. See bent.
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  • Lord Byron
    “No more we meet in yonder bowers Absence has made me prone to roving; But older, firmer hearts than ours, Have found monotony in loving.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “We are more prone to generalize the bad than the good. We assume that the bad is more potent and contagious.”
  • Amy Lowell
    Amy Lowell
    “Moon! Moon! am prone before you. Pity me, and drench me in loneliness.”
  • Plutarch
    “The first evil those who are prone to talk suffer, is that they hear nothing.”


In literature:

And this course is all the more necessary because, I believe, the teaching profession is unduly prone to pessimism.
"Craftsmanship in Teaching" by William Chandler Bagley
Arthur and Wratislaw lay, like townsmen, prone on their faces with limbs rigidly straight.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
The King continued his kingly examination of the prone form.
"The Ghost" by Arnold Bennett
He lay prone on his face, like a corpse, between Seraphina and myself.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
I slipped into the undergrowth to throw myself prone under a sheltering bush.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
We are all in a greater or lesser degree prone to excess and to desire unlawful pleasures.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
Prone on their oars, and straining from the thwart, With souls astretch, they listen for the sign.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
Members of consumptive families are very prone to paralysis.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
In the present state of my thoughts, I was prone to suspect the worst.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
I was conversing once with a colleague who belonged to this class, on man's natural proneness to evil.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
The actor-manager is prone to over-estimate the range of his histrionic power.
"Shakespeare and the Modern Stage" by Sir Sidney Lee
Drennen, gambling his life lightly, had won as careless gamblers are prone to do.
"Wolf Breed" by Jackson Gregory
They were both resolute and prone to twinkle.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Now, it must be confessed that we are fallen creatures, and therefore prone to evil.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Ten yards ahead a man lay prone on the short grass.
"Wilmshurst of the Frontier Force" by Percy F. Westerman
We were rather prone to the parish-pump attitude before the war, but going over there has given us a bigger outlook.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
No man less prone to punish ever lived.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
Babs clung; and I was wedged prone under the couch.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
He was lying prone upon the earth.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
But the modern mind is not prone to believe these things.
"Arrows of Freethought" by George W. Foote

In poetry:

The tender Sire, to pity prone,
Promised to pardon what was done;
And, would he certain terms fulfil,
He should receive a kingdom still.
"The Foolish Traveller; Or, A Good Inn Is A Bad Home" by Hannah More
A-many sweet eyes wept and wept,
A-many bosoms heaved again;
A-many dainty dead hopes slept
With yonder Heart-knight prone o' the plain.
"The Tournament" by Sidney Lanier
How you tremble, little Sybil,
At the cannons' dreadful sound,
Did you see far away, the fallen steed,
And its rider prone on the ground?
"Eighteen Sixty-Two" by Marietta Holley
In the desire of welded lips,
Of heart on prone tumultuous heart,
Abides no stronger thing than this
Dread love that keeps our lips apart.
"The Barrier" by Clark Ashton Smith
We're all of us prone to conceit,
And like to proclaim our own glory,
But our purpose we're apt to defeat
As actors in chief of our story.
"The Gascon" by Jean de La Fontaine
III. Too prone perhaps to pleasure's dreams,
Too "thrillingly alive all o'er,"
And oh! too prone at every woe.
To "agonize at every pore."
"The Drawing Room" by Sydney Owenson

In news:

Therefore, being labelled concussion-prone is a career death sentence.
It's fair to say much of Illinois is flat, but that's not good enough for building roads and mapping flood-prone areas.
Researchers found that guilt-prone individuals are rated as better leaders than others.
Many breeds are more prone to digging.
DONT POST Mistake-prone Tigers tumble to Blue Raiders.
Former Lion Lomas Brown says Scott Mitchell wasn't prone to tackling .
"Most people tend to experience contagious itch-some are more prone to it than others," Holle explains.
The disorder is just one of many conditions that can make a child more prone to strokes.
Magic aren't especially turnover prone.
Media experts here speak of an ominous trend: a once-diverse news bazaar that is becoming more concentrated and prone to political influence.
In frost-prone regions the benefits of HPC are great.
A few ways the controversy-prone Material Girl, whose latest world tour heads to Staples Center this week, can keep fanning the flames.
It's time we try a new approach and let the people decide if we should invest in buying up properties repeatedly prone to flooding .
Lydia Rocha said she's lived in the flood prone area for forty years.
New Project May Solve Problem In Flood -Prone Neighborhood.

In science:

Such stars near the main sequence turnoff are much less prone to metallicity biases than M giants, because MSTO stars are present in all stellar populations.
Kinematics and Chemistry of Stars Along the Sagittarius Trailing Tidal Tail and Constraints on the Milky Way Mass Distribution
First of all, the HMF turns out to be less prone to such effects if computed at ∆c = 500, while they become more important and likely difficult to model in detail at higher overdensities.
The effects of baryons on the halo mass function
Furthermore, several groups of adjacent lines can be identified as being prone to overloads, helping to highlight the most critical system regions.
Reliability Analysis of Electric Power Systems Using an Object-oriented Hybrid Modeling Approach
Mehdi Molu and N. G ¨ortz, ”A Study on Relaying Soft Infor mation with Error Prone Relays,” in Proc.
Distributed Soft Coding with a Soft Input Soft Output (SISO) Relay Encoder in Parallel Relay Channels
In schemes of generation of non-classical states via unitary dynamics linear losses are prone to destroy quantum features rather quickly (here one might recall famous ”Schroedinger-cat states” turning into mixtures with the rate proportional to the average particle number of the state ).
Nonlinear coherent loss for generating non-classical states
Events with similar speeds but with more gradual acceleration profiles are not prone to generate visible EUV waves.
On the Nature and Genesis of EUV Waves: A Synthesis of Observations from SOHO, STEREO, SDO, and Hinode
The copies of building instructions – the mRNAs – are particularly prone to this.
The chaos within: exploring noise in cellular biology
The random character becomes particularly relevant when the imposed (periodic) pattern has small features, with the final structure being prone to show a disordered two-dimensional distribution of markto-space-ratio (MTSR) superimposed to the grating defined by the electrode geometry.
Random quasi-phase-matched second-harmonic generation in periodically poled lithium tantalate
Also for smaller basis sets the behavior of the extrapolation may be prone to larger instabilities.
Faddeev Random Phase Approximation applied to molecules
They are both prone to noise sensitivity; a very fine monitoring of the detector should be performed constantly and immediate action (masking, gain reduction) taken and recorded for later analysis.
Calorimetry for Lepton Collider Experiments - CALICE results and activities
To design useful tools and to improve the underlying architecture, the first step is to identify error-prone tasks that could be automated or assisted.
Improving the lifecycle of robotics components using Domain-Specific Languages
Finally, PDSL provides a means to store the configuration parameters of the components in a structured and less error-prone way.
Improving the lifecycle of robotics components using Domain-Specific Languages
It has recently been shown that interconnected networks are prone to dangerous “cascades of failures” (Buldyrev et al., 2010).
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
Various centralized approaches [3, 4] aim to optimize communication strategies for data gathering, assuming accuracy of a centrally maintained model, which makes them more prone to failures.
Multiresolution Cube Estimators for Sensor Network Aggregate Queries
The latter approach is the only one possible when dealing with highly unstable target nuclei but it is prone to the highest uncertainties.
Cross section predictions for hydrostatic and explosive burning