lean·​ing | \ ˈlē-niŋ How to pronounce leaning (audio) \

Definition of leaning

: a definite but not decisive attraction or tendency often used in plural radical leanings

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leaning, propensity, proclivity, penchant mean a strong instinct or liking for something. leaning suggests a liking or attraction not strong enough to be decisive or uncontrollable. a student with artistic leanings propensity implies a deeply ingrained and usually irresistible inclination. a propensity to offer advice proclivity suggests a strong natural proneness usually to something objectionable or evil. a proclivity for violence penchant implies a strongly marked taste in the person or an irresistible attraction in the object. a penchant for taking risks

Examples of leaning in a Sentence

the news media are often accused of having liberal leanings despite what his athletic leanings might suggest, he was actually a very lazy kid
Recent Examples on the Web One citizen at Tuesday’s board meeting claimed the book was biased and left-leaning. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 Highlights from the menu reflect a heavy leaning toward traditional Black cuisine with nods to Shallal’s native Iraq. John-john Williams Iv, Baltimore Sun, 8 Apr. 2022 Three justices, seen as conservative leaning, were appointed to the Supreme Court during McConnell's tenure as Senate majority leader during the Trump administration, despite one of those seats opening up during the Obama administration. Mary Ramsey, The Courier-Journal, 1 Sep. 2021 This effect held regardless of the politicians’ ideological leaning or proximity to reelection. Erika Kirgios, Scientific American, 28 Mar. 2022 So because of those, the smaller number of competitive democratic leaning seats. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 4 Mar. 2022 Even with the inclusion of Midland, the new 8th District appears solidly Democratic leaning — though parts of the older industrial area have tracked toward some Republican candidates in recent years. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 5 Jan. 2022 One is breastfeeding, and the leaning on her shoulder. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 10 Feb. 2022 More pointedly, the Atlantic magazine — which positions itself as centrist rather than left-leaning — published an entire issue in December devoted to the topic of democracy under threat. Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of leaning

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2022

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“Leaning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leaning. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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