Inclination is defined as a tendency towards something, such as a behavior or a habit.noun
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: OFr < L inclinatio < pp. of inclinare, incline
- inclinational adjective
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- 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. An inclined surface; a slope.
- A tendency toward a certain condition or character: the alkaline inclination of the local waters.
- A characteristic disposition to do, prefer, or favor one thing rather than another; a propensity: “I shall indulge the inclination so natural in old men, to be talking of themselves” (Benjamin Franklin). See Synonyms at tendency.
inclination - Medical Definition
- A deviation or the degree of deviation from the horizontal or vertical; a slant.
- The deviation of the long axis of a tooth from perpendicular.
- A tendency toward a certain condition or character.
- A characteristic disposition to do, prefer, or favor one thing rather than another; a propensity.
inclination - Science Definition
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