inclination

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

Definition of inclination

1a 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
3a : 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

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Other Words from inclination

inclinational \ 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.
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Yet the sensation of being casually stared at, sized-up, and generally found wanting by every passerby with the inclination to do so left me feeling slightly like a panda in a zoo with no bamboo shoots to hide behind. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 With January just around the corner, the collective inclination is to look back. Vogue, "On the Vogue Podcast, Editors Look Back at 2018’s Biggest Fashion Moments," 20 Dec. 2018 Then the film shifts to teenager Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore), whose artistic inclinations don’t necessarily please his police officer father (Brian Tyree Henry). Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is dazzling, hilarious, and unique," 14 Dec. 2018 And President Trump so far has shown no inclination to fire a cabinet official who is leading efforts to deregulate the economy and eliminate Obama-era environmental rules. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Democrats ask Justice, FBI for criminal corruption probe into EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt," 8 June 2018 Bay Area Democrats showed no inclination to go along. Carolyn Lochhead, San Francisco Chronicle, "No Dreamer protections, no support among state Democrats for spending bill," 17 Jan. 2018 In fact, a brief survey of Sephardi synagogues reveals competing impulses: devotion to tradition vying with assimilationist inclinations. Leslie Camhi, ELLE Decor, "Inside the World's Most Beautiful Synagogues," 5 Nov. 2018 Each one has a unique theme or vibe, and can focus on one specific type of product, cater to your natural ingredient inclinations, or connect you with beauty pros from YouTube. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "11 Beauty Subscription Boxes For Every Beauty Regimen," 30 July 2018 One, in other words, is a superstar by inclination, the other by obligation. Rory Smith, New York Times, "All Eyes Are on Neymar, but It’s Coutinho Who Is Leading Brazil," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of inclination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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 \

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- \

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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