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Definition 1: the act of inclining; bending forward - [noun denoting act]

Samples where inclination or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an inclination of his head indicated his agreement

Synonyms for inclination in the sense of this definition

(inclination is a kind of ...) a change of position that does not entail a change of location

"the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise" "movement is a sign of life" "an impatient move of his hand" "gastrointestinal motility"

(... is a kind of inclination ) a short abrupt inclination (as of the head)

"he gave me a short bob of acknowledgement"

(... is a kind of inclination ) the act of nodding the head

(... is a kind of inclination ) an inclination of the top half of the body forward and downward

Definition 2: a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where inclination or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the alkaline inclination of the local waters
  • fabric with a tendency to shrink

Synonyms for inclination in the sense of this definition

(inclination is a kind of ...) a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing

"a swelling with a disposition to rupture"

(... is a kind of inclination ) (genetics) the tendency of a crossbred organism to have qualities superior to those of either parent

(... is a kind of inclination ) the tendency to float in water or other liquid

(... is a kind of inclination ) (chemistry) the tendency of an atom or radical to attract electrons in the formation of an ionic bond

(... is a kind of inclination ) (cytology) the capacity of cells or cell parts to stain specifically with certain dyes

(... is a kind of inclination ) an inclination to want things

"a man of many desires"

Definition 3: the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where inclination or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the tower had a pronounced tilt
  • the ship developed a list to starboard
  • he walked with a heavy inclination to the right

Synonyms for inclination in the sense of this definition

(inclination is a kind of ...) the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated

"the position of the hands on the clock" "he specified the spatial relations of every piece of furniture on the stage"

Definition 4: an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where inclination or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had an inclination to give up too easily
  • a tendency to be too strict

Synonyms for inclination in the sense of this definition

(inclination is a kind of ...) a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways

"he had the attitude that work was fun"

(... is a kind of inclination ) an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives

(... is a kind of inclination ) an inclination to withhold approval from some person or group

(... is a kind of inclination ) an inclination to approve

"that style is in favor this season"

(... is a kind of inclination ) an inclination beforehand to interpret statements in a particular way

(... is a kind of inclination ) the tendency for a memory or idea to persist or recur without any apparent stimulus for it

(... is a kind of inclination ) a disposition to interpret statements in their literal sense

(... is a kind of inclination ) a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way

"the set of his mind was obvious"

(... is a kind of inclination ) a natural inclination

"he has a proclivity for exaggeration"

(... is a kind of inclination ) an inclination to favor some person or group

(... is a kind of inclination ) an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion

"his sympathies were always with the underdog" "I knew I could count on his understanding"

(... is a kind of inclination ) an inclination or desire; used in the plural in the phrase `left to your own devices'

"eventually the family left the house to the devices of this malevolent force" "the children were left to their own devices"

(... is a kind of inclination ) the tendency, in Protestantism, to separate into religious denominations or to advocate such separations

(... is a kind of inclination ) a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course

"he was disappointed that he had not heard the Call"

(... is a kind of inclination ) a general tendency to change (as of opinion)

"not openly liberal but that is the trend of the book" "a broad movement of the electorate to the right"

(... is a kind of inclination ) a general course along which something has a tendency to develop

"I couldn't follow the direction of his thoughts" "his ideals determined the direction of his career" "they proposed a new direction for the firm"

(... is a kind of inclination ) an inclination to weigh both views or opinions equally

Definition 5: that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where inclination or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • her inclination is for classical music

(inclination is a kind of ...) a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment

"I've always had a liking for reading" "she developed a liking for gin"

(... is a kind of inclination ) an inclination to do something

"he felt leanings toward frivolity"

(... is a kind of inclination ) an inclination or liking for things involving conflict or difficulty or unpleasantness

"he had no stomach for a fight"

(... is a kind of inclination ) an inclination contrary to the strongest or prevailing feeling

"his account had a poignant undertow of regret"

Definition 6: (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon - [noun denoting shape]

Synonyms for inclination in the sense of this definition

(inclination is a kind of ...) the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians

(inclination belongs to category ...) the science of matter and energy and their interactions

"his favorite subject was physics"

Definition 7: (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis) - [noun denoting shape]

Synonyms for inclination in the sense of this definition

(inclination is a kind of ...) the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians

(inclination belongs to category ...) the pure mathematics of points and lines and curves and surfaces

Definition 8: (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees - [noun denoting shape]

Synonyms for inclination in the sense of this definition

(inclination is a kind of ...) the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians

(inclination belongs to category ...) the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole

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