noun Date: 14th century 1. a. obsolete natural disposition ; character b. a particular disposition of mind or character ; propensity; especially liking <
had little inclination for housekeeping
2. an act or the action of bending or inclining: as a. bow, nod b. a tilting of something 3. a. a deviation from the true vertical or horizontal ; slant; also the degree of such deviation b. an inclined surface ; slope c. (1) the angle determined by two lines or planes (2) the angle made by a line with the x-axis measured counterclockwise from the positive direction of that axis 4. a tendency to a particular aspect, state, character, or action <
the clutch has an inclination to slip
inclinational adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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