Inclination is defined as a tendency towards something, such as a behavior or a habit.
An example of an inclination is the tendency a mother has to protect a child.
- the act of bending, leaning, or sloping; esp., a bowing or nodding
- an inclined surface or plane; slope; incline; slant
- the extent or degree of incline from a horizontal or vertical position, course, etc.
- the difference in direction of two lines, planes, or surfaces as measured by the angle between them; specif., a property of a line in a plane, being the angle measured from the positive portion of the x-axis to the line in question
- a particular disposition or bent of mind; bias; tendency: an inclination to talk
- a liking or preference
- any action, practice, or thing, toward which one is inclined
Origin of inclinationOld French from Classical Latin inclinatio from past participle of inclinare, incline
- The act of inclining or the state of being inclined; a bend or tilt: The inclination of the child's head suggested sleep.
- a. A deviation or the degree of deviation from the horizontal or vertical; a slant: the steep inclination of a roof.b. The angle between two lines or planes: the inclination of the comet's orbit with respect to that of Earth.c. An inclined surface; a slope.
- a. A characteristic disposition or tendency to act in a certain way; a propensity: “I shall indulge the inclination so natural in old men, to be talking of themselves” ( Benjamin Franklin )b. A preference or liking: his musical inclinations.
- A physical tilt or bend
- A slant or slope
- A mental tendency
- His inclination to drink escalated to alcoholism.
- (geometry) The angle of intersection of a reference plane
From Middle French inclination, from Latin inclinatio