adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin pronus bent forward, tending; akin to Latin pro forward — more at for Date: 14th century 1. having a tendency or inclination ; being likely <
prone to forget names
2. a. having the front or ventral surface downward b. lying flat or prostrate • prone adverbpronely adverbproneness noun Synonyms: prone, supine, prostrate, recumbent mean lying down. prone implies a position with the front of the body turned toward the supporting surface <
push-ups require a prone position
. supine implies lying on one's back and suggests inertness or abjectness <
lying supine on the couch
. prostrate implies lying full-length as in submission, defeat, or physical collapse <
a runner fell prostrate at the finish line
. recumbent implies the posture of one sleeping or resting <
a patient comfortably recumbent in a hospital bed
. Synonym: see in addition liable.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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