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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French inclination, from Latin inclinatio

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inclination (countable and uncountable, plural inclinations)

  1. A physical tilt or bend
    • The inclination of his head increased and he awoke with a start.
  2. A slant or slope
    • The road up to the house had a steep inclination.
  3. A mental tendency
    • His inclination to drink escalated to alcoholism.
  4. (geometry) The angle of intersection of a reference plane
    The astronomer calculated the inclination of the equator or ecliptic of Earth and the orbital planes of each visible heavenly body.
    Artillery must take account of a weapon's precise inclination.
  5. (obsolete) A person or thing loved or admired.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir W. Temple to this entry?)

    Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” — John Adams

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin inclīnātiō. Doublet of inclinaison

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɛ̃.kli.na.sjɔ̃/

NounEdit

inclination f (plural inclinations)

  1. inclination (all senses)

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