inclination

noun in·cli·na·tion \ ˌin-klə-ˈnā-shən , ˌiŋ- \
Updated on: 16 May 2018

Definition of inclination

1 a obsolete : natural disposition : character
b : a particular disposition of mind or character : propensity; especially : liking
  • had little inclination for housekeeping
2 : an act or the action of bending or inclining: such as
a : bow, nod
b : a tilting of something
3 a : 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
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.

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First Known Use of inclination

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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INCLINATION Defined for English Language Learners

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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

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

Definition of inclination for Students

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 : 2slant, tilt
  • a steep inclination

Medical Dictionary

inclination

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

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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