inclination inclination  /ˌɪn klə ˈneɪ ʃən/


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


  1. Access to condoms is one issue; inclination to use them is another.
  2. But the inclination to get out of town survived.
  3. This is a natural inclination.


  1. Matt Flynn Isn’t the First Unused Quarterback Traded to Start

    COMMENTARY | Criticize a leader's inexperience all you want, but the end-results are what will matter, and this holds true for NFL signal callers. Teams are increasingly willing to push unseasoned quarterbacks into the frying pan, although the science of unearthing a star is still a crapshoot, if the current league landscape is any inclination.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Yahoo! Contributor Network via Yahoo! Sports

  2. Dissing Israel: Kerry’s blunder

    By Tribune-Review Perpetuating a foreign-policy mistake that the Obama administration made at its outset and shows no inclination to correct, Secretary of State John Kerry has reaffirmed ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Mckeesport Daily News


  1. Stern said he has put the issue on the agenda at this week's Board of Governor's meeting, "but our inclination is that this is a matter for the teams to look their fans in the face, and their competitive colleagues in the face and make the right...
    on Apr 14, 2010 By: David Stern Source: CNBC

  2. "This is just the business of baseball," Mazzone said. "I had a strong inclination that 2007 was going to be my last year in Baltimore when Sam Perlozzo was released and Dave Trembley was hired. While disappointed at not having the...
    on Oct 12, 2007 By: Leo Mazzone Source: ESPN

  3. "There is no one more suited for this job by way of intelligence, experience, inclination and temperament," Sen. Charles Schumer, a member of the finance panel, said Tuesday. "He has come clean on the tax issue and no one has alleged any...
    on Jan 20, 2009 By: Charles Schumer Source: International Herald Tribune

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