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Definition of inclination noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] a feeling that makes you want to do something inclination (to do something) He did not show the slightest inclination to leave. My natural inclination is to find a compromise. She had neither the time nor the inclination to help them. inclination (toward/for something) She lacked any inclination for housework. He was a loner by nature and by inclination. You must follow your own inclinations when choosing a career.
  2. 2[countable] inclination to do something a tendency to do something There is an inclination to treat geography as a less important subject.
  3. 3[countable, usually singular, uncountable] (technology) a degree of sloping an inclination of 45° the angle of inclination
  4. 4[countable] a small downward movement, usually of the head
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: inclination