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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"

Wiktionary

  1. inclinationnoun

    A physical tilt or bend

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

  2. inclinationnoun

    A slant or slope

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

  3. inclinationnoun

    A mental tendency

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

  4. inclinationnoun

    The angle of intersection of a reference plane

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

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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Numerology

  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. Marcus Bryson:

    The natural inclination at the moment is to defer (investment), whereas what you want to do is to incentivise a board to say actually the government has created such a positive environment, we'd be nuts not to.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Yeoh Lam Keong:

    Democratization is the trickier part because Lee Kuan Yew's legacy is also benevolent authoritarianism, they are standing against the tide in the long run, 10 to 20 years. They really need to lead that rather than get dragged along by it. I'm not sure if they have the inclination to do that.

  5. Émile Durkheim:

    A mind that questions everything, unless strong enough to bear the weight of its ignorance, risks questioning itself and being engulfed in doubt. If it cannot discover the claims to existence of the objects of its questioning -- and it would be miraculous if it so soon succeeded in solving so many mysteries -- it will deny them all reality, the mere formulation of the problem already implying an inclination to negative solutions. But in so doing it will become void of all positive content and, finding nothing which offers it resistance, will launch itself perforce into the emptiness of inner revere.

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