- deviating in direction from the horizontal or vertical; sloping.
- disposed; of a mind (usually followed by to): He was inclined to stay.
- having a physical tendency; leaning.
- tending in a direction that makes an angle with anything else.
Origin of inclined
- to deviate from the vertical or horizontal; slant.
- to have a mental tendency, preference, etc.; be disposed: We incline to rest and relaxation these days.
- to tend, in a physical sense; approximate: The flowers incline toward blue.
- to tend in character or in course of action: a political philosophy that inclines toward the conservative.
- to lean; bend.
- to dispose (a person) in mind, habit, etc. (usually followed by to): His attitude did not incline me to help him.
- to bow, nod, or bend (the head, body, etc.): He inclined his head in greeting.
- to cause to lean or bend in a particular direction.
- an inclined surface; slope; slant.
- Also called inclined plane, incline plane.a cable railroad, the gradient of which is approximately 45°.
- any railroad or portion of a railroad, the gradient of which is too steep for ordinary locomotive adhesion alone to be effective.
- an angled shaft following a dipping vein.
- an inclined haulageway.
- incline one's ear, to listen, especially willingly or favorably: to incline one's ear to another's plea.
Origin of incline
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Examples from the Web for inclined
Anything with the Count (Count von Count if you're inclined to be formal) taught numbers and basic arithmetic through songs.‘Sesame Street’ Is Middle-Aged and Awesome
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Obviously, a federal judge so inclined could very easily find that the offensive name constitutes fighting words or slander.So Redskins Sponsor FedEx Is OK With That Racist Team Name, Too?
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Plus it is clear that plastic surgery is a gateway drug for those both so inclined and so well-heeled.The New World of Anti-Aging Dentistry
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When you hear what he has to say in Unstoppable about the emergence of a new bipartisan politics, you may be inclined to scoff.Citizen Nader Is Still on the Case
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When the six-film contract expired, neither party was inclined to renew.The Stacks: The Inimitable Albert Brooks Caught at the Dawn of His Movie Career
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But to his surprise he found that Mrs. Rushton was inclined to regard it favorably.Brave and Bold
Percival, with his new air of Wall Street operator, was inclined to hesitate.The Spenders
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"I am inclined to the belief that nature is the best preacher," Ashton remarked.Life in London
Most people, I fear, wait till they are inclined to seek him.Weighed and Wanting
Instead, she was inclined to boast over her ability to bamboozle men at her will.Within the Law
- (postpositive often foll by to) having a disposition; tending
- sloping or slanting
- to deviate or cause to deviate from a particular plane, esp a vertical or horizontal plane; slope or slant
- (when tr, may take an infinitive) to be disposed or cause to be disposed (towards some attitude or to do something)he inclines towards levity; that does not incline me to think that you are right
- to bend or lower (part of the body, esp the head), as in a bow or in order to listen
- incline one's ear to listen favourably (to)
- an inclined surface or slope; gradient
- short for inclined railway
Word Origin and History for inclined
c.1600, "mental tendency," from incline (v.). The literal meaning "slant, slope" is attested from 1846.
c.1300, "to bend or bow toward," from Old French encliner, from Latin inclinare "to cause to lean; bend, incline, turn, divert," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + clinare "to bend," from PIE *klei-n-, suffixed form of *klei- "to lean" (see lean (v.)). Metaphoric sense of "have a mental disposition toward" is early 15c. in English (but existed in classical Latin). Related: Inclined; inclining.