Definition of inclination
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 : a tendency to a particular aspect, state, character, or action <the clutch has an inclination to slip>
inclinationalplay \ˌin-klə-ˈnā-shnəl, -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.
First Known Use of inclination
INCLINATION Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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