in·​clined | \ in-ˈklīnd How to pronounce inclined (audio) , 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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Shanahan appears less inclined to fight for robust counter-insurgent deployments and has taken a business-minded approach to the military that dovetails with the president’s. Missy Ryan, The Seattle Times, "White House action on Pentagon nomination to await conclusion of ethics probe," 12 Apr. 2019 When unemployment is higher, companies are less inclined to splurge on employee training. Ezequiel Minaya, WSJ, "Companies Seek to Fill Skills Gap by Retraining Their Own Workers," 8 Mar. 2019 Although black consumers spend $1.2 trillion every year, companies often underestimate how much their brands depend on black consumers, and are therefore less inclined to reinvest their profits in those communities, explains Evans. Morgen Peck, Glamour, "Cryptocurrency Is Not Just a Boys' Club," 11 Dec. 2018 Obviously, a piano is no small gift, but because Kate and Rebecca are both musically inclined, Miguel must've thought having the instrument in their home would ease some of their pain. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Season 3 Episode 5 Tells the Heartbreaking Truth About Toby," 23 Oct. 2018 Doll’s staff also knows that opposing coaches are inclined to work the ball up the middle rather than take risks near the shutdown corners. Steve Reaven,, "Carson Kosonovich, Donovan Perkins still shutting the door in New Trier secondary," 14 July 2018 The summer solstice begins when the tilt of Earth’s axis is most inclined towards the sun directly above the Tropic of Cancer. Gina Martinez, Time, "Today Is the Longest Day of the Year. Here's What to Know About the 2018 Summer Solstice," 21 June 2018 Both disasters gave those inclined to turn from the status quo inspiration and arguments. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Republicans Need to Save Capitalism," 14 Feb. 2019 What Swan and Bryant seem to be signalling is that Swan will be a hands-off type of guy, more inclined to let Intel’s business leaders set the direction as opposed to aggressively charting his own vision. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel makes Bob Swan its permanent CEO, maintaining a slow, steady course away from the PC," 31 Jan. 2019

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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 How to pronounce inclined (audio) \

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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