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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Examples of inclined in a Sentence

people who are inclined toward volunteering a special school for children who are inclined toward the arts
Recent Examples on the Web Something about the sun shining brightly on a more regular basis makes people more inclined to try new beauty trends during the spring season. Devon Abelman, Allure, "How to Wear the Biggest Hair and Makeup Trends of Spring and Summer 2020," 17 Feb. 2020 However, authorities in more conservative pockets might be more inclined to act. Washington Post, "Voter registration error risks deportation for immigrants," 10 Feb. 2020 Longer-term trends have also made the oil market more inclined to be in backwardation. Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Coronavirus Threatens a Popular Crude Trade," 5 Feb. 2020 An agreement to sell industrial machinery unit Renk AG, valued at 760 million euros ($840 million), indicates VW is more inclined to bulk up than slim down, even amid the costly shift to electric cars. Christoph Rauwald, Fortune, "VW offers $2.9 billion to buy the rest of Navistar in U.S. truck market push," 31 Jan. 2020 Carole Westerman, a Full Focuser who owns a yoga studio in Omaha, Neb., is more inclined to dream up choreography ideas than review the line items in her practice’s budget. Emily Baumgaertner, Los Angeles Times, "My New Year’s resolution to be more organized turned into a methodical nightmare," 1 Jan. 2020 Will future presidents feel less constrained by the threat of impeachment and thus more inclined to abuse their power? Ramesh Ponnuru, Twin Cities, "Ramesh Ponnuru: Impeachment causing a blue Christmas? Let’s get real," 27 Dec. 2019 As part of this approach, viewers were encouraged to develop an emotional attachment to wildlife, making them more inclined to support conservation. Jean-baptiste Gouyon, Quartz, "A new generation of wildlife documentaries are confronting the climate emergency," 12 Dec. 2019 That's good for donations, making investors feel wealthier and more charitably inclined. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Tax changes have hurt nonprofit organizations as fewer people give to charity," 8 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of inclined

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Feb 2020

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“Inclined.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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