September 13, 2017
Learner's Word of the Day
inclination /ˌɪnkləˈneɪʃən/ noun
inclination
/ˌɪnkləˈneɪʃən/
noun

plural inclinations

The dog shows no inclination of moving off the couch.
The dog shows no inclination of moving off the couch.
Learner's definition of INCLINATION

1 : a feeling of wanting to do something : a tendency to do something

[noncount]

  • She shows no/little inclination to give in to their demands.

  • He's a loner by inclination.

[count]

  • My first/initial/natural inclination was to say no, but I finally decided to do what she asked.

  • We can either go now or plan to go later. What's your inclination? [=what are you inclined to do?; what do you want to do?]

  • I have neither the time nor the inclination to learn about such matters.

2 [count] : a slanting surface : slope

  • a steep inclination

3 [count] : the act of bending your head or body forward : the act of inclining your head or body

  • He acknowledged us with a slight inclination [=(more commonly) nod] of his head.

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