Prone meaning

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Having a natural bent; disposed or inclined (to)

Prone to error.

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Lying with the front or face downward.
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Lying face downward; prostrate .
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Having a downward inclination or slope.
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Prone is defined as having a tendency towards something, or describes something that is sloped or lying down.

If you tend to be emotional, this is an example of when you are prone to being emotional.

If you are lying facing down on your bed, this is an example of when you are in a prone position.

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Lying with the front or face downward.
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Having a tendency; inclined. Often used in combination.

Paper that is prone to yellowing; an accident-prone child.

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In a prone manner.

The patient was lying prone on the bed.

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Lying or leaning face downward.
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Lying flat or prostrate; in a horizontal position.
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Groveling; abject.
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Leaning forward or sloping downward.
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In a prone manner.

The patient was lying prone on the bed.

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Shooting from a lying down position.
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Origin of prone

  • Middle English inclined, disposed from Latin prōnus leaning forward per1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin prōnus (“turned forward, bent or inclined").

    From Wiktionary