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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.


  1. inclination

    Orbital inclination measures the tilt of an object's orbit around a celestial body. It is expressed as the angle between a reference plane and the orbital plane or axis of direction of the orbiting object. For a satellite orbiting the Earth directly above the Equator, the plane of the satellite's orbit is the same as the Earth's equatorial plane, and the satellite's orbital inclination is 0°. The general case for a circular orbit is that it is tilted, spending half an orbit over the northern hemisphere and half over the southern. If the orbit swung between 20° north latitude and 20° south latitude, then its orbital inclination would be 20°.


  1. inclination

    Inclination generally refers to a person's natural tendency or urge to act or feel in a particular way. Additionally, in the field of physics and astronomy, it refers to the angle at which an object is slanted or tilted with respect to a reference plane or axis.

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. James Joyce:

    No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination.

  2. Judge Reggie B. Walton:

    You've disgraced this country in the eyes of the world, and my inclination is to lock you up, i found it outrageous that American citizens would do what you did.

  3. Samuel Johnson:

    Always set high value on spontaneous kindness. He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you.

  4. Francois De La Rochefoucauld:

    Vanity makes us do more things against inclination than reason.

  5. Mike Davis:

    They will say the Federalist Society's way of picking judges is wrong. I understand that inclination because we've been disappointed so many times, but once you start normalizing judicial activism -- whether it's on the right or the left -- we're going to lose that fight long term.

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