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.
the angle between two lines or two planes.
the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line.
the angle between the orbital plane of a planet and another given plane, usually the ecliptic.
the angle between the equatorial and orbital planes of a planet.
Magnetism. dip ( 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

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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inclination (ˌɪnklɪˈneɪʃən)
n (often foll by for, to, towards, or an infinitive)
1.  a particular disposition, esp a liking or preference; tendency: I've no inclination for such dull work
2.  the degree of deviation from a particular plane, esp a horizontal or vertical plane
3.  a sloping or slanting surface; incline
4.  the act of inclining or the state of being inclined
5.  the act of bowing or nodding the head
6.  maths
 a.  the angle between a line on a graph and the positive limb of the x-axis
 b.  the smaller dihedral angle between one plane and another
7.  astronomy the angle between the plane of the orbit of a planet or comet and another plane, usually that of the ecliptic
8.  physics another name for dip

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Word Origin & History

"condition of being mentally disposed" (to do something), late 14c., from Fr. inclination (14c.), from L. inclinationem, noun of action from inclinare (see incline). Meaning "action of bending toward" (something) is from late 15c. That of "amount of a slope" is from 1799.
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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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inclination   (ĭn'klə-nā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
A deviation or the degree of deviation from the horizontal or vertical.
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