in·​clined | \in-ˈklīnd, sense 2 also ˈin-ˌklīnd\

Definition of inclined 

1 : having inclination, disposition, or tendency

2a : having a leaning or slope

b : making an angle with a line or plane

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Synonyms & Antonyms for inclined


amenable, disposed, fain, game, glad, minded, ready, willing


disinclined, unamenable, unwilling

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Examples of inclined in a Sentence

people who are inclined toward volunteering a special school for children who are inclined toward the arts

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The design is sort of hybrid of zen retreat and dreamy luxury, immersing shoppers in a world of greenery and natural oak floors, paired with formal angular windows framed by inclined, folding plaster. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Bottega Veneta Just Opened Their Futuristic Six-Story Tokyo Flagship," 8 Dec. 2018 One of the main reasons Trump stands such a good chance at re-election is that Democrats right now do not look like a party inclined toward moderate outreach toward persuadable voters. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Putin or the Democrats? For some today it's not so easy," 19 July 2018 Polling released Tuesday shows voters 50 and older more inclined to vote for Republicans than the overall state population. Anthony Man,, "Florida's 50-plus voters could save Republicans in midterm elections," 19 June 2018 The appointment of James would have meant that she would be removed from the list of mayoral contenders in 2021, which made large swaths of Assembly Democrats, many of whom are already lined up behind would-be mayors, inclined to pick her. David Freedlander, Daily Intelligencer, "Letitia James Has Taken Control of New York’s Attorney General Race," 16 May 2018 Given the recent onslaught of change and disruption, many business leaders, even those who see the benefits of gratitude, are less inclined to invest in building emotional bonds at the office. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Plymouth Colony and the Business Case for Gratitude," 24 Nov. 2018 Hansen's students set up the Explore Apollo website highlighting some key moments from the tapes for the idly curious who might be less inclined to wade through the entire archive. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Behind-the-scenes audio from Apollo 11 mission made public for first time," 12 Nov. 2018 So what happens is the media is less inclined to actually dive deep into the story. Fox News, "Kavanaugh denies assault allegations in Fox News interview," 25 Sep. 2018 This can make removal slow, particularly in areas where locals may be less inclined to report the posts. Suliman Ali Zway, The Seattle Times, "In Libya, Facebook is used to buy arms, locate foes and kill them," 3 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of inclined

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of inclined

: wanting to do something or likely to do something

: having an interest in or a talent for something

: having a slope


in·​clined | \in-ˈklīnd \

Kids Definition of inclined

1 : having a desire He was not inclined to answer.

2 : having a tendency The door is inclined to stick.

3 : having a slope an inclined surface

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