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Adjective prone has 2 senses


pronea. [L. pronus, akin to Gr. , , Skr. pravana sloping, inclined, and also to L. pro forward, for. See Pro-.].
  •  Bending forward; inclined; not erect.  [1913 Webster]
    "Towards him they bend
    With awful reverence prone.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  Prostrate; flat; esp., lying with the face down; -- opposed to supine.  [1913 Webster]
    "Which, as the wind,
    Blew where it listed, laying all things prone.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  Headlong; running downward or headlong.  Milton.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Sloping, with reference to a line or surface; declivous; inclined; not level.  [1913 Webster]
    "Since the floods demand,
    For their descent, a prone and sinking land.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  Inclined; propense; disposed; -- applied to the mind or affections, usually in an ill sense. Followed by to.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
    "Poets are nearly all prone to melancholy."  [1913 Webster]


prone, adj.
1 a lying face downwards (cf. SUPINE). b lying flat; prostrate. c having the front part downwards, esp. the palm of the hand.
2 (usu. foll. by to, or to + infin.) disposed or liable, esp. to a bad action, condition, etc. (is prone to bite his nails).
3 (usu. in comb.) more than usually likely to suffer (accident-prone).
4 archaic with a downward slope or direction.

pronely adv. proneness n.
ME f. L pronus f. pro forwards



accumbent, acquiescent, agreeable, alacritous, amenable, answerable for, apt, apt to, ardent, bent, calculated to, capable of, compliant, consenting, content, cooperative, couchant, couche, crawling, crouched, crouching, debased, decumbent, deferential, dependent on, depressed, disposed, disposed to, dispositioned, docile, draped, eager, enthusiastic, exposed, exposed to, fain, favorable, favorably disposed, favorably inclined, flat, forward, game, given, given to, groveling, horizontal, in danger of, in the mind, in the mood, incident to, inclined, inclined to, knee-high, knocked flat, laid low, leaning, level, liable, liable to, likely, likely to, lolling, lounging, low, low-built, low-hung, low-level, low-leveled, low-lying, low-set, low-statured, lying, lying down, minded, minded to, naked to, neap, obeisant, obliged to, obnoxious, obsequious, on bended knee, open, open to, pliant, predisposed, predisposed to, procumbent, prompt, prone to, prostrate, quick, ready, ready and willing, ready for, ready to, receptive, reclining, recumbent, reposing, responsible for, responsive, resupine, runty, sensitive, servile, short, sprawled, sprawling, spread, squat, squatty, standing to, stooped, stumpy, subject, subject to, subservient, supine, susceptible, susceptive to, tending, tractable, unelevated, well-disposed, well-inclined, willed, willing, willinghearted, within range of, zealous




N affections, affect, character, qualities, disposition, nature, spirit, tone, temper, temperament, diathesis, idiosyncrasy, cast of mind, cast of soul, habit of mind, habit of soul, frame of mind, frame of soul, predilection, turn, natural turn of mind, bent, bias, predisposition, proneness, proclivity, propensity, propenseness, propension, propendency, vein, humor, mood, grain, mettle, sympathy, soul, heart, breast, bosom, inner man, heart's core, heart's strings, heart's blood, heart of hearts, bottom of one's heart, penetralia mentis, secret and inmost recesses of the heart, cockles of one's heart, inmost heart, inmost soul, backbone, passion, pervading spirit, ruling passion, master passion, furore, fullness of the heart, heyday of the blood, flesh and blood, flow of soul, energy, fervor, fire, force, affected, characterized, formed, molded, cast, attempered, tempered, framed, predisposed, prone, inclined, having a bias, tinctured with, imbued with, penetrated with, eaten up with, inborn, inbred, ingrained, deep-rooted, ineffaceable, inveterate, pathoscopic, congenital, dyed in the wool, implanted by nature, inherent, in the grain, affective, in one's heart, at heart, heart and soul, affection is a coal that must be cool'd else suffe.


N horizontality, flatness, level, plane, stratum, dead level, dead flat, level plane, recumbency, lying down, reclination, decumbence, decumbency, discumbency, proneness, accubation, supination, resupination, prostration, azimuth, plain, floor, platform, bowling green, cricket ground, croquet ground, croquet lawn, billiard table, terrace, estrade, esplanade, parterre, table land, plateau, ledge, butte, mesa (plain), level, spirit level, horizontal, level, even, plane, flat, flat as a billiard table, flat as a bowling green, alluvial, calm, calm as a mill pond, smooth, smooth as glass, recumbent, decumbent, procumbent, accumbent, lying, prone, supine, couchant, jacent, prostrate, recubant, horizontally, on one's back, on all fours, on its beam ends.

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