Definition of inclination noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪnklɪˈneɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnklɪˈneɪʃn//
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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 (towards/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] (specialist) a degree of sloping an inclination of 45° the angle of inclination
  4. 4[countable] a small downward movement, usually of the head
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin inclinatio(n-), from inclinare ‘bend towards’, from in- ‘towards’ + clinare ‘to bend’.Extra examples He is a teacher by occupation but a philosopher by inclination. Hopes of advancement in the company may curb any inclination to deviate from the requirements of superiors. I did not feel the slightest inclination to hurry. I have neither the time nor the inclination to play stupid games! In matters of dress she followed her personal inclinations rather than fashion. My own inclination is to be more direct in approach. She has no inclination towards mysticism. The king’s own inclination was always towards a pro-French policy. You should resist any inclination to meddle. Your first inclination may be to panic. an inclination for war He was a loner by nature and by inclination. The earth’s angle of inclination remains constant as it orbits the sun. The panels are placed at an inclination of 45 degrees. There is an inclination to present a one-sided view of the researchers’ findings.
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