leaning
noun Date: 15th century a definite but not decisive attraction or tendency — often used in plural <
radical leanings
>
Synonyms: leaning, propensity, proclivity, penchant mean a strong instinct or liking for something. leaning suggests a liking or attraction not strong enough to be decisive or uncontrollable <
a student with artistic leanings
>
. propensity implies a deeply ingrained and usually irresistible inclination <
a propensity to offer advice
>
. proclivity suggests a strong natural proneness usually to something objectionable or evil <
a proclivity for violence
>
. penchant implies a strongly marked taste in the person or an irresistible attraction in the object <
a penchant for taking risks
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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