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

Definition of leaning

: a definite but not decisive attraction or tendency often used in pluralradical 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 Others, depending on their political leanings, blame the World Health Organization, the mainstream media, or President Trump. Jeff Greenberg, The Conversation, "Coronavirus reminds you of death – and amplifies your core values, both bad and good," 21 May 2020 Each month the password changes, and visitors only receive the address after members scrutinize their social media to vet their political leanings. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Democracy around the world is down but not out. Test case: Brazil.," 9 Apr. 2020 Cox, a Republican and former mayor of Chula Vista, has held the District 1 Board of Supervisor seat for 24 years despite the district’s heavily Democratic leanings. San Diego Union-Tribune, "State Sen. Ben Hueso formally announces run for San Diego County supervisor," 8 Aug. 2019 The outcome of cases is actually not predictable in advance simply by knowing a justice’s political leanings. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The latest US Supreme Court rulings are blowing up pundits’ predictions," 15 June 2019 And in a nod to Sternberg’s utopian leanings, there’s a taxonomy to it all. Sam Schube, GQ, "Scott Sternberg on His New Line, His Exit from Band of Outsiders, and Making Clothes for the Entire World," 4 Apr. 2018 Despite his euroskeptic leanings, his qualities were noticed by that pro-European leadership, and when then-Prime Minister David Cameron won reelection in 2015, Raab was offered a job in government. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "Who is Dominic Raab? The Brexiteer ex-lawyer deputizing for Boris Johnson," 6 Apr. 2020 My leanings as a psychologist are towards exposure. Laura Leigh Abby, Washington Post, "Why it’s okay for a boy with two mommies to have an imaginary daddy," 3 Mar. 2020 The Trump appointee asked skeptical questions of the government in one case and kept silent in the second, leaving his leanings unclear. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Weighs Government’s Power to Rapidly Deport Asylum Seekers," 2 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of leaning

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Leaning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leaning. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of leaning

: a preference for something or tendency to do something

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