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English definition of “inclination”

inclination

noun uk   /ˌɪn.klɪˈneɪ.ʃən/ us  

inclination noun (FEELING)

C2 [C or U] a feeling that you want to do a particular thing, or the fact that you prefer or are more likely to do a particular thing: [+ to infinitive] My own inclination would be to look for another job. We should be basing our decisions on solid facts, not inclinations and hunches.Feelings of desireMotives and reasons

inclination noun (MOVEMENT)

[C] formal a small downward movement: a solemn inclination of the headGestures with the head or shoulders

inclination noun (ANGLE)

[C usually singular, U] specialized mathematics, engineering the angle at which something slopesParts of geometrical shapesSlanting, sloping, leaning, tilting
(Definition of inclination from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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