What does inclination mean?

Definitions for inclinationˌɪn kləˈneɪ ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word inclination.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. inclination, disposition, tendency(noun)

    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 orbit(noun)

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

  3. inclination, angle of inclination(noun)

    (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, inclination(noun)

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

  5. inclination(noun)

    that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking

    "her inclination is for classical music"

  6. tilt, list, inclination, lean, leaning(noun)

    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, inclination(noun)

    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, inclining(noun)

    the act of inclining; bending forward

    "an inclination of his head indicated his agreement"


  1. inclination(Noun)

    A physical tilt or bend

  2. inclination(Noun)

    A slant or slope

  3. inclination(Noun)

    A mental tendency

  4. inclination(Noun)

    The angle of intersection of a reference plane

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Francois De La Rochefoucauld:

    Vanity makes us do more things against inclination than reason.

  2. James Joyce:

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

  3. Thomas Haliburton:

    Wherever there is authority, there is a natural inclination to disobedience.

  4. Thomas Chandler Haliburton:

    Whenever there is authority, there is a natural inclination to disobedience.

  5. Ovid:

    Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.

Images & Illustrations of inclination

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