1. an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others

- he had an inclination to give up too easily

Similar word(s): disposition, tendency

Definition categories: thought, attitude

2. (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees

Definition categories: shape, angle

3. (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis)

Definition categories: shape, angle

4. (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon

Similar word(s): dip

Definition categories: shape, angle

5. that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking

- her inclination is for classical music

Definition categories: feeling, liking

6. the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical

- he walked with a heavy inclination to the right

Similar word(s): lean, leaning, list, tilt

Definition categories: attribute, position

7. a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect

- the alkaline inclination of the local waters

Similar word(s): tendency

Definition categories: attribute, disposition

8. the act of inclining; bending forward

- an inclination of his head indicated his agreement

Similar word(s): inclining

Definition categories: act, motility, motion, move, movement

Sentences with inclination as a noun:

- The astronomer calculated the inclination of the equator or ecliptic of Earth and the orbital planes of each visible heavenly body.

- Artillery must take account of a weapon's precise inclination.