in·​clined in-ˈklīnd How to pronounce inclined (audio)
 sense 2 also  ˈin-ˌklīnd
: having inclination, disposition, or tendency
: having a leaning or slope
: making an angle with a line or plane

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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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inclined was in the 15th century

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“Inclined.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: having an inclination, disposition, or tendency
was inclined to stay up late

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