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leaning

noun

Simple Definition of leaning

  • : a preference for something or tendency to do something

Full Definition of leaning

  1. :  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>



15th Century

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>.

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