inclination

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noun in·cli·na·tion \ˌin-klə-ˈnā-shən, ˌiŋ-\

Definition of inclination

  1. 1a obsolete :  natural disposition :  characterb :  a particular disposition of mind or character :  propensity; especially :  liking had little inclination for housekeeping

  2. 2 :  an act or the action of bending or inclining: such asa :  bow, nodb :  a tilting of something

  3. 3a :  a deviation from the true vertical or horizontal :  slant; also :  the degree of such deviationb :  an inclined surface :  slopec (1) :  the angle determined by two lines or planes (2) :  the angle made by a line with the x-axis measured counterclockwise from the positive direction of that axis

  4. 4 :  a tendency to a particular aspect, state, character, or action the clutch has an inclination to slip

inclinational

play \ˌin-klə-ˈnā-shnəl, -shə-nəl, ˌiŋ-\ adjective

Examples of inclination in a sentence

  1. She shows no inclination to give in to their demands.

  2. He's a loner by inclination.

  3. My first inclination was to say no, but I finally decided to do what she asked.

  4. I have neither the time nor the inclination to learn about such matters.

14th Century

First Known Use of inclination

14th century


INCLINATION Defined for English Language Learners

inclination

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noun in·cli·na·tion \ˌin-klə-ˈnā-shən, ˌiŋ-\

Definition of inclination for English Language Learners

  • : a feeling of wanting to do something : a tendency to do something

  • : a slanting surface

  • : the act of bending your head or body forward : the act of inclining your head or body


INCLINATION Defined for Kids

inclination

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noun in·cli·na·tion \ˌin-klə-ˈnā-shən\

Definition of inclination for Students

  1. 1 :  an act or the action of bending or leaning

  2. 2 :  a usually favorable feeling toward something His inclination was to walk rather than drive.

  3. 3 :  2slant, tilt a steep inclination


Medical Dictionary

inclination

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noun in·cli·na·tion \ˌin-klə-ˈnā-shən, ˌiŋ-\

Medical Definition of inclination

  1. :  a deviation from the true vertical or horizontal; especially :  the deviation of the long axis of a tooth or of the slope of a cusp from the vertical



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