1. [ noun ] an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
Synonyms: tendency disposition

"he had an inclination to give up too easily" "a tendency to be too strict"

Related terms: attitude direction sympathy disfavor Call bent favor drift perseveration proclivity devices predisposition literalism denominationalism impartiality partiality favoritism tend dispose
2. [ noun ] (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis)
Synonyms: angle_of_inclination
Related terms: angle geometry
3. [ noun ] (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees
Synonyms: inclination_of_an_orbit
Related terms: angle astronomy
4. [ noun ] (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon
Synonyms: angle_of_dip magnetic_dip magnetic_inclination dip
Related terms: angle physics
5. [ noun ] that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking

"her inclination is for classical music"

Related terms: disinclination liking leaning stomach undertow tend
6. [ noun ] a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect
Synonyms: tendency

: "the alkaline inclination of the local waters" "fabric with a tendency to shrink"

Related terms: disposition desire electronegativity stainability tend
7. [ noun ] the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical
Synonyms: list leaning lean tilt

"the tower had a pronounced tilt" "the ship developed a list to starboard" "he walked with a heavy inclination to the right"

Related terms: position lean lean list
8. [ noun ] the act of inclining; bending forward
Synonyms: inclining

"an inclination of his head indicated his agreement"

Related terms: motion stoop nod bob incline
Similar spelling:   inoculation