inclined

adjective
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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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China might be even more inclined to take U.S.-China opioid talks hostage because the White House and Capitol Hill have prioritized action on the opioid epidemic, said Markos Kounalakis, a visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Matthew Garcia, Washington Post, "What A U.S.-China Trade War Could Mean For The Opioid Epidemic," 9 July 2018 China might be even more inclined to take U.S.-China opioid talks hostage because the White House and Capitol Hill have prioritized action on the opioid epidemic, said Markos Kounalakis, a visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Matthew Garcia, USA TODAY, "What a U.S.-China trade war could mean for opioid epidemic," 6 July 2018 But there were few in the crowd to make a connection that appears obvious to Americans: Immigrants and their offspring are naturally more inclined to take the tough jobs that natives reject, and work them hard. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "Sons of Immigrants Prop Up a Symbol of ‘Frenchness’: The Baguette," 14 May 2018 The sleep-deprived are more likely to feel alone and less inclined to engage with others. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "Loneliness Reflects Quality of Relationships, Not Quantity," 26 Apr. 2019 The Supreme Court seemed inclined Monday to side with drugmaker Merck & Co. in a dispute over the warning label on its bone-strengthening drug Fosamax. Jessica Gresko, The Seattle Times, "High court seems likely to side with Merck in Fosamax case," 7 Jan. 2019 The king lived downstairs and didn’t seem inclined to change the existing old-fashioned scheme, whilst his wife’s apartments upstairs were soon redecorated in the height of fashionable taste. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Inside Buckingham Palace’s Resplendent, Never-Before Seen Rooms," 4 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of inclined

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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inclined

adjective

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

inclined

adjective
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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