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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun inclination:


Inclination is a member of the word family incline, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun inclination

What does inclination mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: inclinations

  1. an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
    • example: he had an inclination to give up too easily
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of inclination: disposition / tendency
    • more generic terms: attitude / mental attitude = a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways
    • more specific words:
  2. (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees
    • domain: astronomy / uranology
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • synonym of inclination: inclination of an orbit
    • more generic word: angle = the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another
  3. (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis)
    • domain: geometry
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • synonym of inclination: angle of inclination
    • more generic word: angle = the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another
  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
    • example: her inclination is for classical music
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • antonym: disinclination
    • more generic word: liking = a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment
    • more specific words:
      • propensity / tendency / leaning = 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
  6. the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical
    • example: he walked with a heavy inclination to the right
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of inclination: lean / leaning / list / tilt
    • more generic terms: position / spatial relation = the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated
  7. a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect
    • example: the alkaline inclination of the local waters
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of inclination: tendency
    • more generic word: disposition = a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing
    • more specific terms:
      • hybrid vigor / heterosis = the tendency of a crossbred organism to have qualities superior to those of either parent
      • buoyancy = the tendency to float in water or other liquid
      • electronegativity / negativity = the tendency of an atom or radical to attract electrons in the formation of an ionic bond
      • stainability = the capacity of cells or cell parts to stain specifically with certain dyes
      • desire = an inclination to want things
  8. the act of inclining; bending forward
    • example: an inclination of his head indicated his agreement
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of inclination: inclining
    • more generic words: motility / motion / move / movement = a change of position that does not entail a change of location
    • more specific words:
      • bob = a short abrupt inclination
      • nod = the act of nodding the head
      • stoop = an inclination of the top half of the body forward and downward

Alternative definition of the noun inclination


  1. A physical tilt or bend
  2. A slant or slope
  3. A mental tendency
  4. [geometry] The angle of intersection of a reference plane

Definition of the noun inclination for high school students

    a tendency, propensity
    • example: Sarah has an inclination to see every foreign film she hears about, even when she's sure that she won't like it.

The noun inclination is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


  1. "Inclination" is a musical album of Mari Hamada.
    • released on (21 years ago)
  2. "Inclination" is a musical album of Descent.
  3. "Inclination" is a composition.


"Inclination" is a science fiction novella by William Shunn. It appeared in the April/May 2006 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction. It was nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula awards in 2007.

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Inclination a.k.a. Orbital inclination: Inclination in general is the angle between a reference plane and another plane or axis of direction.

Phrases with Inclination

  1. inclination of an orbit
  2. angle of inclination
  3. magnetic inclination

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Inclination

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Google previewThe Internet Peering Playbook (2011)

Connecting to the Core of the Internet by William B. Norton

Definition: A Peering Inclination is a predisposition towards or against peering in a particular Internet Peering Ecosystem.

Google previewOn the Nature of Health (2012)

An Action-Theoretic Approach by L.Y Nordenfelt

From this fact, however, we cannot draw the conclusion that the homosexual inclination is a disease or an impairment. As we recall, a necessary condition for something to be a malady (for instance, a disease or an impairment) is that it cause ...

Google previewEnglish Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order (1837)

Inclination is a faint kind of bent; prepossession is a weak species of bias : an inclination is a state of something, namely, a state of 136 BEREAVE. BESIDES. the feelings : prepossession is an actual.

Google previewEnglish Synonymes Explained, in Alphabetical Order; with Copious Illustrations and Examples ... by George Crabb .. (1824)

by George Crabb

Inclination is a faint. kind of bent; prepouexaion is a weak species of bias: on inclination is a state of something, namely, a state of the feelings: prepotwtsion is an actual something, namely, the thing that preposterous. We may discover the bent ...

Google previewEnglish synonymes, with copious illustrations and explanations (1858)

drawn from the best writers by George Crabb

Inclination is a fuint kind of bent ; prepossession is a weak species of bias ; an inclination is a state of something, namely, a state of Ihe feelings: prepossession is an actual something, namely, the thing that prepossesses. We may discover the ...

Google previewEnglish Synonymes

by G. Crabb

Inclination is a faint kind of bent; propossession is a weak species of bias: an inclination is a state of sometlting, namely, a state of the feelings: prepotrsess'l'on is an actual something, namely, the thing tltatpreposscssos. We may discover the ...

Google previewPhotorefractive Keratectomy (2012)

by Lucio Buratto, Stephen Slade

The inclination refers to the orientation of the tangent through P. Figure 3-20. Representation of the altitude is performed by subtracting from the profile of the cornea under examination a sphere tangential to the corneal apex. The observation ...

Google previewSpecial Relativity: A First Encounter (2011)

100 years since Einstein by Domenico Giulini

whose inclination against Jupiter's equator is also very small. This is particularly true for Io, whose orbital inclination is a tiny 0.04°. (Jupiter's orbital plane has ...

Google previewDictionary of Weighing Terms (2009)

A Guide to the Terminology of Weighing by Roland Nater, Arthur Reichmuth, Roman Schwartz, Michael Borys, Panagiotis Zervos

“, ➝ degrees of protection provided by enclosures ILAC ➝ International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation inclination Angle between the ➝axis of action of the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism (2007)

by David Gubbins, Emilio Herrero-Bervera

developed a quantitative model for correcting inclination shallowing carried out by magnetite grains in sediments by measuring the ARM tensor, where ARM is assumed to activate the same coercivity spectrum responsible for DRM ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Solar System (2014)

by Tilman Spohn, Doris Breuer, Torrence Johnson

The initial inclination of the particles was set equal to 1 . Strips that are colored yellow represent objects that survive for the length of the simulation, 4 Â 109 years, the approximate age of the solar system. For comparison, the observed objects ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Pure Materia Medica (1878)

A Record of the Positive Effects of Drugs Upon the Healthy Human Organism by Timothy Field Allen

These sensations continued nearly throughout the day, with some four or five evacuations, which poured away in a stream, as if a large quantity would be discharged ; nevertheless, each discharge was snddenly arrested, and the inclination ...

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Quotes about Inclination

Though inclination be as sharp as will, my stronger guilt defeats my strong intent, and, like a man to double business bound, I stand in pause where I shall first begin, and both neglect. (William Shakespeare)
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Scrabble value of I1N1C3L1I1N1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 11-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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