inclination

noun

in·​cli·​na·​tion ˌin-klə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce inclination (audio)
ˌiŋ-
1
: a tendency to a particular aspect, state, character, or action
the clutch has an inclination to slip
2
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
3
: an act or the action of bending or inclining: such as
a
: bow, nod
b
: a tilting of something
4
a
: a particular disposition of mind or character : propensity
especially : liking
had little inclination for housekeeping
b
obsolete : natural disposition : character
inclinational 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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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of inclination was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Inclination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inclination. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

inclination

noun
in·​cli·​na·​tion ˌin-klə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce inclination (audio)
iŋ-
1
: a feeling of liking or of wanting to do something
an inclination for sleeping late
2
: an act or the action of bending or tilting
3
: a departure from the true vertical or horizontal : slant
the inclination of the earth's axis
also : the amount of such departure
b
: an inclined surface : slope
4
: a quality which leads to some state or action
the door has an inclination to stick
inclinational
-shnəl How to pronounce inclination (audio)
-shən-ᵊl
adjective

Medical Definition

inclination

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