prone to


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prone to

1. Inclined or likely to do something. The boss is prone to get irate when someone disagrees with him, even if he's clearly wrong. The comedian is prone to saying pretty offensive things during her stand-up routine.
2. Susceptible to something; readily affected by something. He's prone to illness, so his mother makes him stay indoors a lot. I'm prone to nausea when I travel by boat.

prone to something

likely to [do] something; apt to have something. My boss is prone to anger when my work isn't done on schedule. My sister is prone to sneezing because of her allergies.
References in classic literature ?
One thing, in this connection, White Fang quickly learnt, and that was that a thieving god was usually a cowardly god and prone to run away at the sounding of the alarm.
Some parents have entirely prohibited their children from tasting intoxicating liquors; but a parent's authority cannot last for ever; children are naturally prone to hanker after forbidden things; and a child, in such a case, would be likely to have a strong curiosity to taste, and try the effect of what has been so lauded and enjoyed by others, so strictly forbidden to himself - which curiosity would generally be gratified on the first convenient opportunity; and the restraint once broken, serious consequences might ensue.
Ever prone to magnify Fate, George counted up the forces that had swept him into this contentment.
He said the research came out of the need to accurately predict storm surges, given the devastating impact of such events on low-lying areas, noting that most of Jamaica's coastline is prone to storm surge occurrences.
In fact, even those prone to spots can benefit from a facial oil - you just need to know which one to choose and how to use it.
[USA], Feb 10 (ANI):EeWhile it is known that women's hormonal cycles may make them more prone to drug addiction, a recent study suggests that it also makes them more prone to relapse.
Authorities have ordered mandatory evacuations in areas prone to floods and landslides, and the suspension of classes in Bicol region, particularly in Camarines Sur and Albay provinces, as Tropical Depression 'Amang' approaches the country from the Pacific Ocean.
An English daily had reported on Wednesday that grace speed allowance of 15km/hr over the designated limit will no longer be applicable in areas prone to accidents.
Meanwhile, the state government has restated its earlier warning that communities close to rivers and which are prone to flood should relocate to safer places.
Venkaiah Naidu has said that Southern parts of the country are prone to multiple disaster challenges - hence require the NIDM Centre to help these states build infrastructure to tackle disasters.
Embolot, Embobut, Endo, Kaben, Mumol, Kapcherop, Chebororwa and Kipsaya in Marakwet are prone to landslides.
- Stephanie Golding, via email ATHESE plants are prone to powdery mildew, which occurs when they get stressed and are dry at the roots.
like everybody else, I am prone to making mistakes.
People with spinal cord injuries are prone to developing pressure ulcers, which can cause problems with quality of life and medical health.