leaning

noun
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

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In recent years, Rhodesian iconography has gained popularity among young men with white nationalist leanings. C. Brandon Ogbunu, WIRED, "How White Nationalists Have Co-Opted Fan Fiction," 1 Aug. 2019 The more progressive candidates are eager to paint the former vice president as a throwback whose comparatively centrist philosophy and can’t-we-get-along attitude are out of step with the leftward leanings and pugilistic mindset of party activists. Mark Z. Barabak, latimes.com, "Democratic debate Night 2: What to watch Thursday in Miami," 27 June 2019 The more progressive candidates are eager to paint the former vice president as a throwback whose comparatively centrist philosophy and can't-we-get-along attitude are out of step with the leftward leanings and pugilistic mindset of party activists. Author: Mark Z. Barabak, Anchorage Daily News, "Democratic debate: 5 things to watch for on second night," 27 June 2019 The more progressive candidates are eager to paint the former vice president as a throwback whose comparatively centrist philosophy and can’t-we-get-along attitude are out of step with the leftward leanings and pugilistic mindset of party activists. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Watch Democratic debate Night 2: Biden’s bull’s-eye, Sanders’ attitude and other things to watch for," 27 June 2019 Gillibrand previously represented an upstate New York district with more conservative leanings. Li Zhou, Vox, "Kirsten Gillibrand’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained," 26 June 2019 Moyes thinks that's all the business required, but Cahill convinces him that, in light of his defensive leanings in the Angel Di Maria vs Hummels debate, a winger is still necessary. SI.com, "Moyesian Utopia: Scripting an Alternate Reality Where Man Utd Didn't Sack David Moyes," 26 June 2019 In 1975, Biden supported a resolution by Harry Byrd — son of the longtime head of the Democratic machine in Jim Crow-era Virginia, and himself an independent senator because of his Dixiecrat leanings — to restore the citizenship of Robert E. Lee. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Joe Biden’s Segregationist Problem," 19 June 2019 After Jessica Jones’ brilliant first season — easily the best single season of any of Netflix’s Marvel shows — showrunner Melissa Rosenberg has struggled with ways of balancing its horror and superhero leanings. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Since season 1, Jessica Jones has struggled to mix horror with superheroes," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of leaning

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leaning was in the 15th century

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leaning

noun

English Language Learners Definition of leaning

: a preference for something or tendency to do something

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