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 inclinational (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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There are few companies with the resources or the inclination to stage mammoth productions like this one. David Lyman, Detroit Free Press, "Misty Copeland and ABT are riveting in Detroit Opera House performance," 9 Feb. 2018 The inclinations are more problematic—this is the angle between the satellite's orbit and the equator. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "After a “major” launch anomaly, satellites scrambling to reach orbits," 26 Jan. 2018 The split came over finding an encore to Apollo, as the natural inclination of a bureaucracy to perpetuate itself began to manifest. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Greatest Leap, part 6: After Apollo, NASA still searching for an encore," 21 July 2019 The conservative inclination to police morals is offset by an impulse to guard free speech and to promote freedom and democracy around the world. The Economist, "The global crisis in conservatism," 4 July 2019 Dortmund fans, meanwhile, will undoubtedly welcome him back with own games; and will hope former superstar striker Robert Lewandowski has the same inclination later on in his career. SI.com, "Mats Hummels on Verge of Shock Borussia Dortmund Return After 3 Years at Bayern Munich," 15 June 2019 Politicians show little inclination to tighten their belts. The Economist, "The EU edges towards punishing Italy for letting its debt rise," 6 June 2019 Schrödinger’s first inclination was to suppose that the amplitude of his wave function at some point in space — equivalent to the height of a water wave, say — corresponds to the density of the smeared-out quantum particle at that point. Quanta Magazine, "Mysterious Quantum Rule Reconstructed From Scratch," 13 Feb. 2019 The sad truth was that, whether on account of time constraints or inclination, Bianca didn’t currently possess any close female friends. Lucinda Rosenfeld, Harper's magazine, "First Daughters," 10 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of inclination

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

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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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