prone

If you're prone to doing something, it means you're likely to do it, have a habit of doing it, or are susceptible to it. People who are prone to getting the flu every winter should probably get a flu shot in the fall.

The second meaning of prone is "lying face down," and the Latin root is pronare, "to bend forward." This is a handy way to remember both meanings: if you tend to wait to start your term paper until the night before it's due, you are prone to procrastination — you bend toward it. If you stay up so late you fall asleep face down in the book, you are now prone at your desk.

Primary Meanings of prone

1.
adj
having a tendency (to); often used in combination
2.
adj
lying face downward
Full Definitions of prone
1

adj having a tendency (to); often used in combination

“a child prone to mischief”
“failure- prone
Synonyms:
inclined
(often followed by `to') having a preference, disposition, or tendency
2

adj lying face downward

Synonyms:
prostrate
unerect
not upright in position or posture

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