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Definition of "inclination" []

  • The act of inclining or the state of being inclined; a bend or tilt: The inclination of the child's head suggested sleep. (noun)
  • A deviation or the degree of deviation from the horizontal or vertical; a slant: the steep inclination of a roof. (noun)
  • An inclined surface; a slope. (noun)
  • A tendency toward a certain condition or character: the alkaline inclination of the local waters. (noun)
  • 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. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "inclination" in a sentence
  • ""It's important to understand the inclination is there," he says."
  • "CD: Although my natural inclination is more towards SF, I did end up reading a lot of fantasy during my tenure at Solaris."
  • "Your inclination is to pull out your credit card and buy it."