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ˌɪn kləˈneɪ ʃənin·cli·na·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inclination, disposition, tendencynoun

    an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others

    "he had an inclination to give up too easily"; "a tendency to be too strict"

  2. inclination, inclination of an orbitnoun

    (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees

  3. inclination, angle of inclinationnoun

    (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis)

  4. dip, angle of dip, magnetic dip, magnetic inclination, inclinationnoun

    (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon

  5. inclinationnoun

    that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking

    "her inclination is for classical music"

  6. tilt, list, inclination, lean, leaningnoun

    the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical

    "the tower had a pronounced tilt"; "the ship developed a list to starboard"; "he walked with a heavy inclination to the right"

  7. tendency, inclinationnoun

    a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect

    "the alkaline inclination of the local waters"; "fabric with a tendency to shrink"

  8. inclination, incliningnoun

    the act of inclining; bending forward

    "an inclination of his head indicated his agreement"


  1. inclinationnoun

    A physical tilt or bend

  2. inclinationnoun

    A slant or slope

  3. inclinationnoun

    A mental tendency

  4. inclinationnoun

    The angle of intersection of a reference plane

  5. Etymology: to incline (itself from encliner, from inclinare) + -ation, or Latin inclinatio

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Inclinationnoun

    Etymology: inclinaison, inclination, Fr. inclinatio, Lat.

    The two rays, being equally refracted, have the same inclination to one another after refraction which they had before; that is, the inclination of half a degree answering to the sun's diameter. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    Though most of the thick woods are grubbed up since the promontory has been cultivated, there are still many spots of it which shew the natural inclination of the soil leans that way. Addison.

    The king was wonderfully disquieted, when he found that the prince was totally aliened from all thoughts of or inclination to the marriage. Edward Hyde.

    A mere inclination to a thing is not properly a willing of that thing; and yet, in matters of duty, men frequently reckon it for such: for otherwise how should they so often plead and rest in the honest and well-inclined disposition of their minds, when they are justly charged with an actual non-performance of the law. Robert South, Sermons.

    We have had few knowing painters, because of the little inclination which princes have for painting. Dryden.

    Bid him
    Report the features of Octavia, her years,
    Her inclination. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. inclination

    In geometry, is the mutual tendency of two lines or planes towards each other, so as to form an angle.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. inclination

    In gunnery, the inclination of a plane is the angle it makes with the horizon either above or below.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inclination in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inclination in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of inclination in a Sentence

  1. Bill Nye:

    Today we have a great many lawmakers, not just here, but around the world, deliberately ignoring and actively surpassing science, their inclination is misguided, and in no one’s best interest.

  2. Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:

    Everything's on the table for conversation, but I don't think that the problem right now in America is that we're undertaxed, so that would not be my inclination.

  3. Dan Riemer:

    In politics, the inclination is to be cautious about what you say, but I think sometimes just keeping it real is what you need from a leader. And Mandela... definitely keeps it real.

  4. One Colorado woman:

    My first inclination was I needed to tell someone about this but I knew that there would be repercussions. i would have definitely gone to jail.

  5. William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 3:

    Though inclination be as sharp as will, My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent, And, like a man to double business bound, I stand in pause where I shall first begin, And both neglect.

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    a signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program so that another procedure can be carried out
    • A. doom
    • B. jeopardize
    • C. condemn
    • D. interrupt

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