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Noun inclination has 8 senses


inclinationn. [L. inclinatio: cf. F. inclination.].
  •  The act of inclining, or state of being inclined; a leaning; as, an inclination of the head.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A direction or tendency from the true vertical or horizontal direction; as, the inclination of a column, or of a road bed.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A tendency towards another body or point.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The angle made by two lines or planes; as, the inclination of the plane of the earth's equator to the plane of the ecliptic is about 23inclination of two rays of light.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A leaning or tendency of the mind, feelings, preferences, or will; propensity; a disposition more favorable to one thing than to another; favor; desire; love.  [1913 Webster]
    "A mere inclination to a thing is not properly a willing of that thing."  [1913 Webster]
    "How dost thou find the inclination of the people?"  [1913 Webster]
  •  A person or thing loved or admired.  Sir W. Temple.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Decantation, or tipping for pouring.  [1913 Webster]
Inclination compass, an inclinometer. -- Inclination of an orbit (Astron.), the angle which the orbit makes with the ecliptic. -- Inclination of the needle. See Dip of the needle, under Dip.
Syn. -- Bent; tendency; proneness; bias; proclivity; propensity; prepossession; predilection; attachment; desire; affection; love. See Bent, and cf. Disposition.


inclination, n.
1 (often foll. by to) a disposition or propensity.
2 (often foll. by for) a liking or affection.
3 a leaning, slope, or slant.
4 the difference of direction of two lines or planes, esp. as measured by the angle between them.
5 the dip of a magnetic needle.

ME f. OF inclination or L inclinatio (as INCLINE)



a thing for, affection, affinity, aim, an ear for, an eye for, angle, angularity, animus, appetence, appetency, appetite, aptitude, aptness, ardor, attitude, azimuth, bag, bank, bearing, bend, bending, bending the knee, bent, bevel, bezel, bias, bob, bow, bowing, bowing and scraping, cant, capacity for, cascade, cast, cataract, character, choice, chosen kind, chute, collapse, comedown, command, conation, conatus, conduciveness, constitution, course, crash, craving, cup of tea, current, curtsy, debacle, decision, declension, declination, defluxion, delight, descending, descension, descent, desire, determination, diathesis, dipping the colors, direction, direction line, discretion, discrimination, disposition, down, downbend, downcome, downcurve, downfall, downflow, downgrade, downpour, downrush, downtrend, downturn, downward trend, drift, drop, dropping, druthers, eagerness, easy slope, eccentricity, enthusiasm, fall, falling, fancy, fascination, favor, favoritism, feeling for, felicity, fervor, flair, fleam, forejudgment, free choice, free will, genius for, gentle slope, genuflection, gift for, glacis, grade, gradient, grain, gravitation, hanging gardens, heading, helicline, helmsmanship, hillside, homage, idiosyncrasy, incline, inclined plane, inclining, individualism, inequality, innate aptitude, intention, interest, involvement, jaundice, jaundiced eye, kidney, kneeling, kowtow, launching ramp, lay, lean, leaning, leaning tower, liability, lie, liking, line, line of direction, line of march, list, longing, lust, make, makeup, making a leg, mental set, mettle, mind, mind-set, mold, mutual affinity, mutual attraction, nature, navigation, nepotism, nod, nodding, obeisance, objective, obsequiousness, one-sidedness, orientation, parti pris, partialism, partiality, particular choice, partisanism, partisanship, passion, penchant, personal choice, piloting, pitch, pleasure, plummeting, point, pounce, preconception, predilection, predisposition, preference, preferential treatment, prejudgment, prejudice, prepossession, presenting arms, probability, proclivity, proneness, propensity, prostration, quarter, rake, ramp, range, rapids, readiness, resolution, reverence, run, salaam, salutation, salute, scarp, scrape, sensitivity to, servility, set, sexual desire, shelving beach, side, slant, slope, soft spot, stamp, standing at attention, steep slope, steerage, steering, stiff climb, stomach, stoop, strain, streak, stripe, style, submission, submissiveness, susceptibility, swag, sway, swoop, sympathy, talus, taste, temper, temperament, tendency, tenor, thing, tilt, tilting, tip, tower of Pisa, track, trend, tropism, turn, turn for, turn of mind, twist, type, undetachment, undispassionateness, unneutrality, velleity, volition, warp, waterfall, way, weakness, will, will power, willingness, wish, zeal




N willingness, voluntariness, willing mind, heart, disposition, inclination, leaning, animus, frame of mind, humor, mood, vein, bent, penchant, aptitude, docility, docibleness, persuasibleness, persuasibility, pliability, geniality, cordiality, goodwill, alacrity, readiness, earnestness, forwardness, eagerness, asset, compliance, pleasure, gratuitous service, labor of love, volunteer, volunteering, willing, minded, fain, disposed, inclined, favorable, favorably- minded, favorably inclined, favorably disposed, nothing loth, in the vein, in the mood, in the humor, in the mind, ready, forward, earnest, eager, bent upon, predisposed, propense, docile, persuadable, persuasible, suasible, easily persuaded, facile, easy-going, tractable, genial, gracious, cordial, cheering, hearty, content, voluntary, gratuitous, spontaneous, unasked &c (ask), unforced, willingly, fain, freely, as lief, heart and soul, with pleasure, with all one's heart, with open arms, with good will, with right will, de bonne volonte, ex animo, con amore, heart in hand, nothing loth, without reluctance, of one's own accord, graciously, with a good grace, a la bonne heure, by all means, by all manner of means, to one's heart's content, yes.


N tendency, aptness, aptitude, proneness, proclivity, bent, turn, tone, bias, set, leaning to, predisposition, inclination, propensity, susceptibility, conatus, nisus, liability, quality, nature, temperament, idiocrasy, idiosyncrasy, cast, vein, grain, humor, mood, drift, conduciveness, conducement, applicability, subservience, tending, conducive, working towards, in a fair way to, calculated to, liable, subservient, useful, subsidiary, for, whither.


N desire, wish, fancy, fantasy, want, need, exigency, mind, inclination, leaning, bent, animus, partiality, penchant, predilection, propensity, willingness, liking, love, fondness, relish, longing, hankering, inkling, solicitude, anxiety, yearning, coveting, aspiration, ambition, vaulting ambition, eagerness, zeal, ardor, empressement, breathless impatience, overanxiety, impetuosity, appetite, appetition, appetence, appetency, sharp appetite, keenness, hunger, stomach, twist, thirst, thirstiness, drouth, mouthwatering, itch, itching, prurience, cacoethes, cupidity, lust, concupiscence, edge of appetite, edge of hunger, torment of Tantalus, sweet tooth, lickerish tooth, itching palm, longing eye, wistful eye, sheep's eye, greed, voracity, passion, rage, furore, mania, manie, inextinguishable desire, dipsomania, kleptomania, lover, amateur, votary, devotee, aspirant, solicitant, candidate, applicant, supplicant, cormorant, desideratum, want, a consummation devoutly to be wished, attraction, magnet, allurement, fancy, temptation, seduction, fascination, prestige, height of one's ambition, idol, whim, whimsy, whimsey, maggot, hobby, hobby-horse, Fortunatus's cap, wishing cap, wishing stone, wishing well, desirous, desiring, inclined, partial to, fain, wishful, optative, anxious, wistful, curious, at a loss for, sedulous, solicitous, craving, hungry, sharp-set, peckish, ravening, with an empty stomach, esurient, lickerish, thirsty, athirst, parched with thirst, pinched with hunger, famished, dry, drouthy, hungry as a hunter, hungry as a hawk, hungry as a horse, hungry as a church mouse, hungry as a bear, greedy, unsatisfied, unsated, unslaked, unsaturated, eager, avid, keen, burning, fervent, ardent, agog, all agog, breathless, impatient, bent on, intent on, set on, bent upon, intent upon, set upon, mad after, enrage, rabid, dying for, devoured by desire, aspiring, ambitious, vaulting, skyaspiring, high-reaching, desirable, desired, in demand, pleasing, appetizing, appetible, tantalizing, wistfully, fain, Int, would that, would that it were!, O for!, esto perpetual, the wish being father to the thought, sua cuique voluptas, hoc erat in votis, the mouth watering, the fingers itching, aut Caesar aut nullus, Cassius has a lean and hungry look, hungry as the grave, I was born to other things, not what we wish but what we want, such joy ambition finds, the sea hath bounds but deep desire hath none, ubi mel ibi apes.


N obliquity, inclination, slope, slant, crookedness, slopeness, leaning, bevel, tilt, bias, list, twist, swag, cant, lurch, distortion, bend, tower of Pisa, acclivity, rise, ascent, gradient, khudd, rising ground, hill, bank, declivity, downhill, dip, fall, devexity, gentle slope, rapid slope, easy ascent, easy descent, shelving beach, talus, monagne Russe, facilis descensus averni.


N love, fondness, liking, inclination, regard, dilection, admiration, fancy, affection, sympathy, fellow-feeling, tenderness, heart, brotherly love, benevolence, attachment, yearning, eros, tender passion, amour, gyneolatry, gallantry, passion, flame, devotion, fervor, enthusiasm, transport of love, rapture, enchantment, infatuation, adoration, idolatry, Cupid, Venus, myrtle, true lover's knot, love token, love suit, love affair, love tale, love story, the, old story, plighted love, courtship, amourette, free love, maternal love, storge, parental love, young love, puppy love, attractiveness, popularity, favorite, lover, suitor, follower, admirer, adorer, wooer, amoret, beau, sweetheart, inamorato, swain, young man, flame, love, truelove, leman, Lothario, gallant, paramour, amoroso, cavaliere servente, captive, cicisbeo, caro sposo, inamorata, ladylove, idol, darling, duck, Dulcinea, angel, goddess, cara sposa, betrothed, affianced, fiancee, flirt, coquette, amorette, pair of turtledoves, abode of love, agapemone, loving, fond of, taken with, struck with, smitten, bitten, attached to, wedded to, enamored, charmed, in love, love-sick, over head and ears in love, head over heels in love, affectionate, tender, sweet upon, sympathetic, loving, amorous, amatory, fond, erotic, uxorious, ardent, passionate, rapturous, devoted, motherly, loved, beloved well beloved, dearly beloved, dear, precious, darling, pet, little, favorite, popular, congenial, after one's mind, after one's taste, after one's fancy, after one's own heart, to one's mind, to one's taste, to one's fancy, to one's own heart, in one's good graces, dear as the apple of one's eye, nearest to one's heart, lovable, adorable, lovely, sweet, attractive, seductive, winning, charming, engaging, interesting, enchanting, captivating, fascinating, bewitching, amiable, like an angel, amantes amentes, credula res amor est, militat omnis amasius, love conquers all, omnia vincit amor, si vis amari ama, the sweetest joy, the wildest woe.

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