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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people who are inclined toward volunteering a special school for children who are inclined toward the arts
Recent Examples on the Web One concern of officials is that younger people — who so far, have experienced far fewer cases of serious illness and death from COVID-19 — will be less inclined to seek the vaccine even as states open it up to them. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "New U of L COVID-19 vaccination super-site ready to open Monday at Cardinal Stadium," 8 Apr. 2021 The nonprofit’s research indicated that parents are inclined to want to continue to use the conservancy’s educational programs to teach their children at home even after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Conservancy receives $10,000 grant for educational website," 30 Mar. 2021 Anyone who is inclined to can read these stories as cautionary tales. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: ‘Reality and Other Stories’ Review," 26 Mar. 2021 No one recalls how Popovich got it, including him, but his players are inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt. Chris Ballard, Los Angeles Times, "The SoCal night Gregg Popovich’s Hall of Fame career nearly died before it began," 25 Mar. 2021 The Bears are in desperation mode and thus could be very inclined to give up as much as needed to get a potential answer at the position. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "How does the Browns’ busy free agency impact their draft needs? 2021 NFL mock draft 6.0," 24 Mar. 2021 But officials have also cited the bloc's commitment to supply other countries with doses, even as Britain and the United States have been accused of being less inclined to share. Washington Post, "As Europe threatens to curb vaccine exports to Britain and other countries, the post-Brexit rift widens," 22 Mar. 2021 Lerman said another possible unintended consequence of the Floyd civil trial award could be a jury that is less inclined to deliver the maximum penalty against the officer, given the family has been financially compensated. Javonte Anderson, USA TODAY, "30 years after Rodney King, Derek Chauvin trial is 'like reliving history' for lawmakers, lawyers, activists and others who were there," 19 Mar. 2021 Given China’s ability to keep their factories operating (while other countries have closed), demand has increased and these same factories are now inclined to raise their prices or sell to domestic China markets, which are rapidly expanding. Rick Helfenbein, Forbes, "Inflation Hovers Over Retail’s Next Chapter As ARP Fuels Biden’s Fire," 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of inclined

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Apr 2021

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“Inclined.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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