inclination

[in-kluh-ney-shuhn]

noun


Origin of inclination

1350–1400; Middle English inclinacioun < Latin inclīnātiōn- (stem of inclīnātiō), equivalent to inclīnāt(us) past participle of inclīnāre (see incline, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsin·cli·na·tion·al, adjectivenon·in·cli·na·tion, nounnon·in·cli·na·tion·al, adjectiveo·ver·in·cli·na·tion, nounsu·per·in·cli·na·tion, noun

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inclination

noun

(often foll by for, to, towards, or an infinitive) a particular disposition, esp a liking or preference; tendencyI've no inclination for such dull work
the degree of deviation from a particular plane, esp a horizontal or vertical plane
a sloping or slanting surface; incline
the act of inclining or the state of being inclined
the act of bowing or nodding the head
maths
  1. the angle between a line on a graph and the positive limb of the x- axis
  2. the smaller dihedral angle between one plane and another
astronomy the angle between the plane of the orbit of a planet or comet and another plane, usually that of the ecliptic
physics another name for dip (def. 28)
Derived Formsinclinational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for inclination
n.

"condition of being mentally disposed" (to do something), late 14c., from Middle French inclination (14c.) and directly from Latin inclinationem (nominative inclinatio) "a leaning, bending," figuratively "tendency, bias, favor," noun of action from past participle stem of inclinare (see incline). Meaning "action of bending toward" (something) is from early 15c. That of "amount of a slope" is from 1799.

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inclination in Medicine

inclination

[ĭn′klə-nāshən]

n.

A deviation or the degree of deviation from the horizontal or vertical; a slant.
The deviation of the long axis of a tooth from perpendicular.
A tendency toward a certain condition or character.
A characteristic disposition to do, prefer, or favor one thing rather than another; a propensity.
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inclination in Science

inclination

[ĭn′klə-nāshən]

A deviation or the degree of deviation from the horizontal or vertical.
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