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Noun: inclination  ,in-klu'ney-shun
  1. An attitude of mind especially one that favours one alternative over others
    "he had an inclination to give up too easily";
    - disposition, tendency
     
  2. (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees
    - inclination of an orbit
     
  3. (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis)
    - angle of inclination
     
  4. (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon
    - dip, angle of dip, magnetic dip, magnetic inclination
     
  5. That toward which you are inclined to feel a liking
    "her inclination is for classical music"
     
  6. The property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical
    "he walked with a heavy inclination to the right";
    - tilt, list, lean, leaning
     
  7. A characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect
    "the alkaline inclination of the local waters";
    - tendency
     
  8. The act of inclining; bending forward
    "an inclination of his head indicated his agreement";
    - inclining

Derived forms: inclinations

Type of: angle, attitude, disposition, liking, mental attitude, motility, motion, move, movement, position, spatial relation

Antonym: disinclination

Encyclopedia: Inclination