incline implies a tendency to favor one of two or more actions or conclusions.
I incline to agree
bias suggests a settled and predictable leaning in one direction and connotes unfair prejudice.
the experience biased him against foreigners
dispose suggests an affecting of one's mood or temper so as to incline one toward something.
her nature disposes her to trust others
predispose implies the operation of a disposing influence well in advance of the opportunity to manifest itself.
does fictional violence predispose them to accept real violence?
Examples of incline in a Sentence
She listened with her eyes closed and her head inclined.
The road inclines at an angle of about 12 degrees.
His love of books inclined him toward a literary career. Noun
We drove up a steep incline to the summit.
You can adjust the incline of the ramp.
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Mabrey’s parents, Patti and Roy, never had been inclined to sugarcoat advice to their daughter.—Julia Poe, Chicago Tribune, 18 Sep. 2023 Outsiders were inclined to assume that life in the Breeders ruined Kim’s sister.—Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 Artistically inclined as a child, he was introduced to fashion by his mother, a milliner.—Alex Williams, New York Times, 10 Sep. 2023 Nor would Democrats beholden to wealthy and corporate donors be inclined to fight for such funding.—Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2023 Best Self-Watering Planters Beginner gardeners who struggle with keeping track of a watering schedule might be inclined to use a self-watering planter to make things a bit easier.—Janae McKenzie, House Beautiful, 5 Sep. 2023 The charitable or naïve might be inclined to dismiss the significance of these calls for a return to the darkest days of the pandemic as mere curiosities.—The Editors, National Review, 31 Aug. 2023 You might first be inclined to drizzle it over tomatoes or use it to dress a salad.—Ann Trieger Kurland, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Aug. 2023 But anyone inclined to spend a very expensive vacation searching for paradise in a frozen wasteland might consider the words of Bucknell University geologist Duane Griffin.—Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 17 Aug. 2023
Lost Dog Wash Trail to the Taliesin Overlook This out-and-back hike offers visitors a gradual incline and views of the vast desert and rolling hills.—Jeff Ficker, Travel + Leisure, 7 Sep. 2023 One common concern parents had was that attempting to downshift back to the lower speed was difficult to achieve, especially if a rider was on an incline.—Dorian Smith-Garcia, Parents, 24 Aug. 2023 The idea is to walk on a treadmill that is set to an incline of 12.0, at a speed of 3.0 mile per hour, for 30 minutes.—Cori Ritchey, Men's Health, 14 Aug. 2023 Complete 30 minutes of an incline walk, changing the inclines to challenge yourself and learn your limitations.—Andi Breitowich, Women's Health, 29 June 2023 Equipped with the High Output 6.7-liter, the Tremor effortlessly climbed a lumpy rock incline.—David Beard, Car and Driver, 21 June 2023 Portable wheelchair ramps should not be used in buildings or areas with steep inclines.—Lindsay Modglin, Verywell Health, 25 Apr. 2023 Even so, years of hiking hadn’t prepared either of us for this trail, which rose up and up at a barbaric pitch, disappearing into the clouds with no turns to temper the incline.—David Amsden, Travel + Leisure, 19 Aug. 2023 If the incline feels too high, try setting the treadmill at 10 to start.—Cori Ritchey, Men's Health, 14 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French incliner, encliner, from Latin inclinare, from in- + clinare to lean — more at lean