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INCLINATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inclination mean? 

INCLINATION (noun)
  The noun INCLINATION has 8 senses:

1. an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
2. (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees
3. (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis)
4. (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon
5. that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking
6. the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical
7. a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect
8. the act of inclining; bending forward

  Familiarity information: INCLINATION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


INCLINATION (noun)


Sense 1inclination [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

tendency; inclination; disposition

Context examples:

he had an inclination to give up too easily / a tendency to be too strict

Hypernyms ("inclination" is a kind of...):

attitude; mental attitude (a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "inclination"):

literalism (a disposition to interpret statements in their literal sense)

perseveration (the tendency for a memory or idea to persist or recur without any apparent stimulus for it)

predisposition (an inclination beforehand to interpret statements in a particular way)

favor; favour (an inclination to approve)

disapproval; disfavor; disfavour; dislike (an inclination to withhold approval from some person or group)

partiality; partisanship (an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives)

impartiality; nonpartisanship (an inclination to weigh both views or opinions equally)

bent; set (a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way)

leaning; proclivity; propensity (a natural inclination)

direction (a general course along which something has a tendency to develop)

drift; movement; trend (a general tendency to change (as of opinion))

Call (a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course)

denominationalism (the tendency, in Protestantism, to separate into religious denominations or to advocate such separations)

devices (an inclination or desire; used in the plural in the phrase 'left to your own devices')

sympathy; understanding (an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion)

favoritism; favouritism (an inclination to favor some person or group)


Sense 2inclination [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

inclination of an orbit; inclination

Hypernyms ("inclination" is a kind of...):

angle (the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians)

Domain category:

astronomy; uranology (the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole)


Sense 3inclination [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

angle of inclination; inclination

Hypernyms ("inclination" is a kind of...):

angle (the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians)

Domain category:

geometry (the pure mathematics of points and lines and curves and surfaces)


Sense 4inclination [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

angle of dip; magnetic dip; magnetic inclination; dip; inclination

Hypernyms ("inclination" is a kind of...):

angle (the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians)

Domain category:

natural philosophy; physical science; physics (the science of matter and energy and their interactions)


Sense 5inclination [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

That toward which you are inclined to feel a liking

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Context example:

her inclination is for classical music

Hypernyms ("inclination" is a kind of...):

liking (a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "inclination"):

leaning; propensity; tendency (an inclination to do something)

stomach (an inclination or liking for things involving conflict or difficulty or unpleasantness)

undertow (an inclination contrary to the strongest or prevailing feeling)

Antonym:

disinclination (that toward which you are inclined to feel dislike)


Sense 6inclination [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

lean; list; leaning; tilt; inclination

Context examples:

the tower had a pronounced tilt / the ship developed a list to starboard / he walked with a heavy inclination to the right

Hypernyms ("inclination" is a kind of...):

position; spatial relation (the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated)


Sense 7inclination [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

tendency; inclination

Context examples:

the alkaline inclination of the local waters / fabric with a tendency to shrink

Hypernyms ("inclination" is a kind of...):

disposition (a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "inclination"):

desire (an inclination to want things)

stainability ((cytology) the capacity of cells or cell parts to stain specifically with certain dyes)

electronegativity; negativity ((chemistry) the tendency of an atom or radical to attract electrons in the formation of an ionic bond)

buoyancy (the tendency to float in water or other liquid)


Sense 8inclination [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of inclining; bending forward

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

inclining; inclination

Context example:

an inclination of his head indicated his agreement

Hypernyms ("inclination" is a kind of...):

motility; motion; move; movement (a change of position that does not entail a change of location)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "inclination"):

bob (a short abrupt inclination (as of the head))

nod (the act of nodding the head)

stoop (an inclination of the top half of the body forward and downward)


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