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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


Antonymsdisinclination

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.


Synonymstendency


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.


Synonymsinclining


Broader (hypernym)motility, motion, move, movement


Narrower (hyponym)bob, nod, stoop









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