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[in-kluh-ney-shuh n] /ˌɪn kləˈneɪ ʃən/
a disposition or bent, especially of the mind or will; a liking or preference:
Much against his inclination, he was forced to resign.
something to which one is inclined:
In sports his inclination is tennis.
the act of inclining; state of being inclined.
a tendency toward a certain condition, action, etc.:
the door's inclination to stick.
deviation or amount of deviation from a normal, especially horizontal or vertical, direction or position.
an inclined surface.
  1. the angle between two lines or two planes.
  2. the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line.
  1. the angle between the orbital plane of a planet and another given plane, usually the ecliptic.
  2. the angle between the equatorial and orbital planes of a planet.
Magnetism. dip1 (def 32).
1350-1400; Middle English inclinacioun < Latin inclīnātiōn- (stem of inclīnātiō), equivalent to inclīnāt(us) past participle of inclīnāre (see incline, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
inclinational, adjective
noninclination, noun
noninclinational, adjective
overinclination, noun
superinclination, noun
1. leaning, tendency; propensity, proclivity, predilection, predisposition, penchant. 5, 6. slope, slant, rise, fall, grade, pitch. 6. ramp.
1. dislike. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inclinations
  • Often they give rein to paternal inclinations by casually plucking infants from their mothers' arms to groom them.
  • Others fear that linking children's disabilities to their parents' inclinations is a new way of blaming the parent.
  • And because of that, animals have strong inclinations for-and receive great pleasure from-eating sweet foods.
  • It's a guessing game-each attorney, as he questions a prospective juror, tries to sniff out his inclinations.
  • The idea here was to exploit both of these inclinations in order to create a swarm of impulse shoppers.
  • He or she will be a visionary leader of recognized stature, entrepreneurial skill, and collaborative inclinations.
  • In such a situation, you don't simply point or shout, even though those are natural inclinations.
  • Besides, college students need time to discover their inclinations and talents.
  • We probably can't change our basic inclinations in these areas.
  • They have resisted these inclinations and brooded morbidly over them, until they have felt damned beyond redemption.
British Dictionary definitions for inclinations


often foll by for, to, towards, or an infinitive. a particular disposition, esp a liking or preference; tendency: I've no inclination for such dull work
the degree of deviation from a particular plane, esp a horizontal or vertical plane
a sloping or slanting surface; incline
the act of inclining or the state of being inclined
the act of bowing or nodding the head
  1. the angle between a line on a graph and the positive limb of the x-axis
  2. the smaller dihedral angle between one plane and another
(astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit of a planet or comet and another plane, usually that of the ecliptic
(physics) another name for dip (sense 28)
Derived Forms
inclinational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for inclinations



"condition of being mentally disposed" (to do something), late 14c., from Middle French inclination (14c.) and directly from Latin inclinationem (nominative inclinatio) "a leaning, bending," figuratively "tendency, bias, favor," noun of action from past participle stem of inclinare (see incline). Meaning "action of bending toward" (something) is from early 15c. That of "amount of a slope" is from 1799.

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inclinations in Medicine

inclination in·cli·na·tion (ĭn'klə-nā'shən)

  1. A deviation or the degree of deviation from the horizontal or vertical; a slant.

  2. The deviation of the long axis of a tooth from perpendicular.

  3. A tendency toward a certain condition or character.

  4. A characteristic disposition to do, prefer, or favor one thing rather than another; a propensity.

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inclinations in Science
A deviation or the degree of deviation from the horizontal or vertical.
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