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Definition of "prone" []

  • Lying with the front or face downward. (adjective)
  • Having a tendency; inclined: paper that is prone to yellowing; children who are prone to mischief. (adjective)
  • In a prone manner: The patient was lying prone on the bed. (adverb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "prone" in a sentence
  • "I. ii.188 (19,2) [There is a prone and speechless dialect] I can scarcely tell what signification to give to the word _prone_."
  • "The term prone to in [e] mean s having a tendency to, so it is correct."
  • ""At the very least, shouldn't a writer try to shield the kettle of language from further cracks by knowing the meanings of the words he uses?" he asks, querying Cunningham's choice of the word "prone"."