inclination

noun
in·​cli·​na·​tion | \ ˌin-klə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce inclination (audio) , ˌiŋ- \

Definition of inclination

1 : a tendency to a particular aspect, state, character, or action the clutch has an inclination to slip
2a : a deviation from the true vertical or horizontal : slant also : the degree of such deviation
b : an inclined surface : slope
c(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
3 : an act or the action of bending or inclining: such as
a : bow, nod
b : a tilting of something
4a : a particular disposition of mind or character : propensity especially : liking had little inclination for housekeeping
b obsolete : natural disposition : character

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Other Words from inclination

inclinational \ ˌin-​klə-​ˈnā-​shnəl How to pronounce inclination (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , ˌiŋ-​ \ adjective

Examples of inclination in a Sentence

She shows no inclination to give in to their demands. He's a loner by inclination. My first inclination was to say no, but I finally decided to do what she asked. I have neither the time nor the inclination to learn about such matters.
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Recent Examples on the Web Savolainen even theorizes that this inclination toward moderation shapes residents’ responses to the happiness ranking’s central question. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, 27 June 2021 That means more investment in oil exploration, not less. Woods has shown no inclination to follow the lead of BP and Shell by cutting Exxon Mobil’s dividend. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 There is an understandable inclination to extend the eviction and foreclosure moratoria indefinitely. CNN, 27 Mar. 2021 Still, bioethicists say, there is an inclination to feel that the vaccine priority list amounts to a calibration of a person’s societal worth. New York Times, 10 Mar. 2021 At Crossroads Church, Travis Lowe has struggled with his own inclination to preserve Christian unity at all costs. Star Tribune, 7 Feb. 2021 The tandem strategy flowed from both political necessity and the President's own inclination. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 26 June 2021 Marissa’s inclination towards community and a strong support system can be traced back to her Latinx upbringing and can be seen woven through her own career as an entrepreneur and CEO. Vivian Nunez, Forbes, 18 June 2021 That side of celebrity, so available to him, is rejected not through necessity but inclination. New York Times, 11 June 2021

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First Known Use of inclination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4b

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“Inclination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inclination. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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inclination

noun

English Language Learners Definition of inclination

: 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

noun
in·​cli·​na·​tion | \ ˌin-klə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce inclination (audio) \

Kids Definition of inclination

1 : an act or the action of bending or leaning
2 : a usually favorable feeling toward something His inclination was to walk rather than drive.
3 : slant entry 2, tilt a steep inclination

inclination

noun
in·​cli·​na·​tion | \ ˌin-klə-ˈnā-shən, ˌiŋ- How to pronounce inclination (audio) \

Medical Definition of inclination

: 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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