prone BrE [prəʊn]
NAmE [proʊn]
1. likely to suffer from sth or to do sth bad
Syn: liable
~ to sth prone to injury
Working without a break makes you more prone to error.
~ to do sth Tired drivers were found to be particularly prone to ignore warning signs.
2. -prone (in adjectives) likely to suffer or do the thing mentioned
see also accident-prone
3. (formal) lying flat with the front of your body touching the ground
Syn: prostrate
The victim lay prone without moving.
He was found lying in a prone position.
compare supine
Derived Word: proneness
Word Origin:
late Middle English: from Latin pronus ‘leaning forward’, from pro ‘forwards’.
prone [prone proneness] adj. not before noun
Tired drivers are prone to accidents.
inclined • • liable • • likely • • susceptible|formal subject to sth
be prone/inclined/liable/susceptible/subject to sth
be prone/inclined/liable/likely to do sth
Example Bank:
Sun removes the oil and wax, leaving the leather prone to cracking.
The M40 through Oxfordshire is notoriously prone to fog.
people who are genetically prone to putting on weight

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
1.Bending forward; inclined; not erect.
Towards him they bend
With awful reverence prone.
2.Prostrate; flat; esp., lying with the face down; - opposed to supine.
Which, as the wind,
Blew where it listed, laying all things prone.
3.Headlong; running downward or headlong.
4.Sloping, with reference to a line or surface; declivous; inclined; not level.
Since the floods demand,
For their descent, a prone and sinking land.
5.Inclined; propense; disposed; - applied to the mind or affections, usually in an ill sense. Followed by to.
Poets are nearly all prone to melancholy.

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