Inclination definition

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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.

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The angle between two lines or planes.

The inclination of the comet's orbit with respect to that of Earth.

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An inclined surface; a slope.
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An inclined surface or plane; slope; incline; slant.
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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.

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The extent or degree of incline from a horizontal or vertical position, course, etc.
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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.
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A deviation or the degree of deviation from the horizontal or vertical.
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A physical tilt or bend.
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A deviation or the degree of deviation from the horizontal or vertical; a slant.

The steep inclination of a roof.

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A characteristic disposition or tendency to act in a certain way; a propensity.
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A preference or liking.

His musical inclinations.

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A particular disposition or bent of mind; bias; tendency.

An inclination to talk.

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A liking or preference.
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(geometry) The angle of intersection of a reference plane.

The astronomer calculated the inclination of the equator or ecliptic of Earth and the orbital planes of each visible heavenly body.

Artillery must take account of a weapon's precise inclination.

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The act of bending, leaning, or sloping; esp., a bowing or nodding.
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Any action, practice, or thing, toward which one is inclined.
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​A mental tendency.
  • His inclination to drink escalated to alcoholism.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
inclination
Plural:
inclinations

Origin of inclination

  • From Middle French inclination, from Latin inclinatio

    From Wiktionary