: a preference for something or tendency to do something

Full Definition of LEANING

:  a definite but not decisive attraction or tendency —often used in plural <radical leanings>

Examples of LEANING

  1. <the news media are often accused of having liberal leanings>
  2. <despite what his athletic leanings might suggest, he was actually a very lazy kid>

First Known Use of LEANING

15th century

Synonym Discussion of LEANING

leaning, propensity, proclivity, penchant mean a strong instinct or liking for something. leaning suggests a liking or attraction not strong enough to be decisive or uncontrollable <a student with artistic leanings>. propensity implies a deeply ingrained and usually irresistible inclination <a propensity to offer advice>. proclivity suggests a strong natural proneness usually to something objectionable or evil <a proclivity for violence>. penchant implies a strongly marked taste in the person or an irresistible attraction in the object <a penchant for taking risks>.

Rhymes with LEANING


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