inclination

You can see the word "incline" inside inclination, which clues you in to the fact that inclination has to do with leaning. Sometimes the inclination is literal; in most cases it's about what you incline toward in a figurative sense.

An inclination is something you are leaning toward, a tendency you have. You could have a specific inclination for chocolate, or you could have an inclination that applies to a decision you are about to make: "Looking at this dessert menu, my inclination is to skip everything and just go home and have a chocolate bar."

Primary Meanings of inclination

1.
n
the act of inclining; bending forward
2.
n
a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect
Full Definitions of inclination
1

n the act of inclining; bending forward

“an inclination of his head indicated his agreement”
Synonyms:
inclining
Types:
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bob
a short abrupt inclination (as of the head)
nod
the act of nodding the head
stoop
an inclination of the top half of the body forward and downward
nutation
uncontrolled nodding
Type of:
motility, motion, move, movement
a change of position that does not entail a change of location

n the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical

“he walked with a heavy inclination to the right”
Synonyms:
lean, leaning, list, tilt
Type of:
position, spatial relation
the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated

n (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
Type of:
angle
the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians

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

Synonyms:
inclination of an orbit
Type of:
angle
the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians

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

Synonyms:
angle of dip, dip, magnetic dip, magnetic inclination
Type of:
angle
the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians
2

n a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect

“the alkaline inclination of the local waters”
Synonyms:
tendency
Types:
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heterosis, hybrid vigor
(genetics) the tendency of a crossbred organism to have qualities superior to those of either parent
buoyancy
the tendency to float in water or other liquid
electronegativity, negativity
(chemistry) the tendency of an atom or radical to attract electrons in the formation of an ionic bond
stainability
(cytology) the capacity of cells or cell parts to stain specifically with certain dyes
desire
an inclination to want things
basophilia
the tendency of cells to stain with basic dyes
hunger, hungriness, thirst, thirstiness
strong desire for something (not food or drink)
greed
excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves
Type of:
disposition
a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing

n an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others

“he had an inclination to give up too easily”
Synonyms:
disposition, tendency
Types:
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direction
a general course along which something has a tendency to develop
drift, movement, trend
a general tendency to change (as of opinion)
Call
a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course
denominationalism
the tendency, in Protestantism, to separate into religious denominations or to advocate such separations
devices
an inclination or desire; used in the plural in the phrase `left to your own devices'
sympathy, understanding
an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion
favoritism, favouritism
an inclination to favor some person or group
leaning, proclivity, propensity
a natural inclination
bent, set
a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way
literalism
a disposition to interpret statements in their literal sense
perseveration
the tendency for a memory or idea to persist or recur without any apparent stimulus for it
predisposition
an inclination beforehand to interpret statements in a particular way
favor, favour
an inclination to approve
disapproval, disfavor, disfavour, dislike
an inclination to withhold approval from some person or group
partiality, partisanship
an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives
impartiality, nonpartisanship
an inclination to weigh both views or opinions equally
tenor
a settled or prevailing or habitual course of a person's life
evolutionary trend
a general direction of evolutionary change
gravitation
a figurative movement toward some attraction
orientation, predilection, preference
a predisposition in favor of something
doghouse
an idiomatic term for being in disfavor
reprobation
severe disapproval
anthropocentricity, anthropocentrism
an inclination to evaluate reality exclusively in terms of human values
ethnocentrism
belief in the superiority of one's own ethnic group
Eurocentrism
belief in the preeminence of Europe and the Europeans
bias, preconception, prejudice
a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
tilt
a slight but noticeable partiality
localism, provincialism, sectionalism
a partiality for some particular place
unfairness
partiality that is not fair or equitable
disinterestedness
freedom from bias or from selfish motives
candor, candour, fair-mindedness, fairness
ability to make judgments free from discrimination or dishonesty
Type of:
attitude, mental attitude
a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways

n that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking

“her inclination is for classical music”
Antonyms:
disinclination
that toward which you are inclined to feel dislike
Types:
leaning, propensity, tendency
an inclination to do something
stomach
an inclination or liking for things involving conflict or difficulty or unpleasantness
undertow
an inclination contrary to the strongest or prevailing feeling
Type of:
liking
a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment

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