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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As its full name would suggest, Doc Crow’s is part raw bar and part smokehouse, with all the typical barbecue fare on hand for those so inclined. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Doc Crow's sets a worthy bar for successful restaurants in Louisville," 30 May 2018 Perry has since become the New York Knicks' general manager, but with a high pick and some of the negative stigmas of the past starting to erode, top prospects might be more inclined to check out the Kings in person. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Kings exploring all options at No. 2, had multiple scouts at EuroLeague Final Four | The Sacramento Bee," 25 May 2018 Each horse would be inclined to start quickly and try to grab the lead, but their positions near the inside rail will remove any doubt. Tim Layden,, "Kentucky Derby Preview: Justify Headlines Unusually Crowded Field of Contenders," 3 May 2018 There are not a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "There's No Lack of Female Directors. There’s Only a Lack of Opportunities.," 26 Oct. 2018 That’s why many people familiar with the situation said the pair were very engaged in Instagram’s future and did not seem inclined to leave. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook’s recent ‘bear hug’ of Instagram frustrated its independent founders, leading to their exit," 25 Sep. 2018 At the time, scientists were more inclined to believe the Earth’s crust was moving up and down than side to side. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "We’ve Been Wrong Before: The Expanding Earth Theory," 3 Aug. 2018 Loyalty to and love for family members can outweigh serious personal misgivings, leading someone to participate in a terrorist attack who might not otherwise be inclined to do so. Julie Chernov Hwang, Washington Post, "New research shows why terrorists quit terrorism," 12 July 2018 If similar regulations reach the court again, the retiring justice’s successor may not be inclined to do the same. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "How the Supreme Court Kills Roe v. Wade," 11 July 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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