Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of inclining; bending forward
  2. (noun, attribute) a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect
    fabric with a tendency to shrink
  3. (noun, attribute) the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical
    the ship developed a list to starboard
    he walked with a heavy inclination to the right
  4. (noun, cognition) an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
    a tendency to be too strict
  5. (noun, feeling) that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking
  6. (noun, shape) (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis)
  7. (noun, shape) (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees
  8. (noun, shape) (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Inclination


Origin of the word Inclination

  1. "condition of being mentally disposed" (to do something), late 14c., from Fr. inclination (14c.), from L. inclinationem, noun of action from inclinare (see incline). Meaning "action of bending toward" (something) is from late 15c. That of "amount of a slope" is from 1799. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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