Adjective "prone" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Likely or liable to suffer from, do, or experience something unpleasant or regrettable.
  1. in combination 'he was written off by many as too injury-prone'
  2. 'The standard cables are fiber optic but are prone to damage by personnel.'
  3. 'Field screens are prone to damage by pests and pathogens.'
  4. 'He is, however, also particularly prone to exaggeration, which may make others think of him as ridiculous.'
  5. 'Generally, the link between adrenalin making people more prone to heart failure is not well established.'
  6. 'Some of the children became prone to violent outbursts, irritability, nightmares, and insomnia.'
  7. 'Could people who inherit athletic ability also be somehow genetically prone to the disease?'
  8. 'His job relates to interacting with the public and to make the area less prone to crime.'
  9. 'He was an objective conductor, not prone to exaggeration.'
  10. 'The devices are meant to make voting easier, more efficient and less prone to error.'
  11. 'Of the tasks involved in our cases, lymph node searches appear to be especially prone to scalpel injuries.'
Lying flat, especially face downwards.
  1. 'a prone position'
  2. 'Valgus stress testing in the supine position or resisted knee flexion in the prone position may reproduce the pain.'
  3. 'Two of the remaining 27 patients were never placed in the prone position.'
  4. 'I turned to Jack, who was prone on the floor a few feet away.'
  5. 'I soon settled in for some rigorous study, busying myself with my alternately prone and prostrate experiments.'
  6. 'I was stunned and stayed in a prone position for a minute or so.'
  7. 'Rising from his prone position on the bed, he sat on the edge.'


1. having a natural inclination or tendency to something; disposed; liable: to be prone to anger.

2. having the front or ventral part downward; lying face downward.

3. lying flat; prostrate.

4. having a downward direction or slope.

5. having the palm downward, as the hand.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be prone to things."

"places can be prone to devastations."

"places can be prone to risks."

"people can be prone to attacks."

"markets can be prone to reactions."

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(prone)Late Middle English: from Latin pronus ‘leaning forward’, from pro ‘forwards’.