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English noun: inclination

1. inclination (cognition) an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others

SamplesHe had an inclination to give up too easily.
A tendency to be too strict.

Synonymsdisposition, tendency

Broader (hypernym)attitude, mental attitude

Narrower (hyponym)bent, Call, denominationalism, devices, direction, disapproval, disfavor, disfavour, dislike, drift, favor, favoritism, favour, favouritism, impartiality, leaning, literalism, movement, nonpartisanship, partiality, partisanship, perseveration, predisposition, proclivity, propensity, set, sympathy, trend, understanding

2. inclination (shape) (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees

Synonymsinclination of an orbit

Broader (hypernym)angle

Domain categoryastronomy, uranology

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

Synonymsangle of inclination

Broader (hypernym)angle

Domain categorygeometry

4. inclination (shape) (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon

Synonymsangle of dip, dip, magnetic dip, magnetic inclination

Broader (hypernym)angle

Domain categorynatural philosophy, physics

5. inclination (feeling) that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking

SamplesHer inclination is for classical music.

Broader (hypernym)liking

Narrower (hyponym)leaning, propensity, stomach, tendency, undertow


6. inclination (attribute) the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical

SamplesThe tower had a pronounced tilt.
The ship developed a list to starboard.
He walked with a heavy inclination to the right.

Synonymslean, leaning, list, tilt

Broader (hypernym)position, spatial relation

7. inclination (attribute) a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect

SamplesThe alkaline inclination of the local waters.
Fabric with a tendency to shrink.


Broader (hypernym)disposition

Narrower (hyponym)buoyancy, desire, electronegativity, heterosis, hybrid vigor, negativity, stainability

8. inclination (act) the act of inclining; bending forward

SamplesAn inclination of his head indicated his agreement.


Broader (hypernym)motility, motion, move, movement

Narrower (hyponym)bob, nod, stoop

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