inclination


inclination
in|cli|na|tion [ˌıŋklıˈneıʃən] n
1.) [U and C]
a feeling that makes you want to do something
My natural inclination was to say no.
inclination to do sth
Neither of my children showed the slightest inclination to follow me into journalism.
Teachers simply do not have the time or the inclination to investigate these matters.
2.) [U and C]
a tendency to think or behave in a particular way
inclination to do sth
an inclination to see everything in political terms
inclination to/towards
She's troubled by her son's inclination toward atheism.
by inclination
Bart was a romantic by inclination.
3.)
a movement made down towards the ground
She greeted Maggie with an inclination of the head.
4.) [U and C] formal
a slope or the angle at which something slopes

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  • inclination — [ ɛ̃klinasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • inclinacion 1236 ; lat. inclinatio 1 ♦ Mouvement affectif, spontané vers un objet ou une fin. ⇒ appétit, désir, envie, penchant, propension, tendance. « Ses bonnes inclinations s altérèrent » (Chateaubriand). Agir contre… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Inclination — in general is the angle between a reference plane and another plane or axis of direction. The axial tilt is expressed as the angle made by the planet s axis and a line drawn through the planet s center perpendicular to the orbital plane. Orbits… …   Wikipedia

  • Inclination — In cli*na tion, n. [L. inclinatio: cf. F. inclination.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of inclining, or state of being inclined; a leaning; as, an inclination of the head. [1913 Webster] 2. A direction or tendency from the true vertical or horizontal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inclination — [in΄klə nā′shən] n. [OFr < L inclinatio < pp. of inclinare, INCLINE] 1. the act of bending, leaning, or sloping; esp., a bowing or nodding 2. an inclined surface or plane; slope; incline; slant 3. the extent or degree of incline from a… …   English World dictionary

  • inclination — I noun affinity, aptitude, aptness, bent, bias, cast, direction, fondness, inclinatio, leaning, liking, partiality, penchant, predilection, predisposition, preference, prejudice, proclivity, proneness, propensity, readiness, slant, studium,… …   Law dictionary

  • inclination — of an orbit kingpin inclination …   Mechanics glossary

  • inclination — (n.) condition of being mentally disposed (to do something), late 14c., from M.Fr. inclination (14c.) and directly from L. inclinationem (nom. inclinatio) a leaning, bending, figuratively tendency, bias, favor, noun of action from pp. stem of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • inclination — [n1] tendency, bent affection, appetite, aptitude, aptness, attachment, attraction, bias, capability, capacity, cup of tea*, desire, disposition, drift, druthers*, fancy, fondness, groove*, idiosyncrasy, impulse, leaning, liking, mind, movement,… …   New thesaurus

  • inclination — ► NOUN 1) a natural tendency to act or feel in a particular way. 2) (inclination for/to/towards) an interest in or liking for. 3) a slope or slant. 4) the angle at which a straight line or plane is inclined to another …   English terms dictionary

  • Inclination — (v. lat.), 1) so v.w. Neigung; 2) (Math.), die Richtung einer geraden Linie nach einem bestimmten Punkte, den sie nämlich trifft, wenn sie verlängert wird; 3) (Verschleifung) die in der älteren Dichtersprache gewöhnliche Abkürzung der Wörter, wo… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • inclination — Inclination, Procliuitas, Propensio, Inclinatio …   Thresor de la langue françoyse


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