- a person's natural tendency or urge to act or feel in a particular way; a disposition or propensity；an interest in or liking for (something)
noun: inclination, plural noun: inclinations
- 1. a person's natural tendency or urge to act or feel in a particular way; a disposition or propensity:
John was a scientist by training and inclination
he was free to follow his inclinations
- 2. an interest in or liking for (something):
Burger King and Wendy's didn't show any inclination to jump into a price war with McDonald's
- 3. a slope or slant:
changes in inclination of the line on the graph
- 4. the action of inclining the body or head:
the questioner's inclination of his head
- 5. the dip of a magnetic needle.
- 6. the angle at which a straight line or plane is inclined to another.
- 7. the angle between the orbital plane of a planet, comet, etc. and the ecliptic, or between the orbital plane of a satellite and the equatorial plane of its primary:
cometary orbits vary widely in inclination
- 8. the angle between the axis of an astronomical object and a fixed reference angle.
n. another term for dip
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- n.a person's natural tendency or urge to act or feel in a particular way; a disposition:
- John was a scientist by training and inclination
Fanny showed little inclination to talk about anything serious
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