inclination

inclinational, adj.
/in'kleuh nay"sheuhn/, n.
1. a disposition or bent, esp. of the mind or will; a liking or preference: Much against his inclination, he was forced to resign.
2. something to which one is inclined: In sports his inclination is tennis.
3. the act of inclining; state of being inclined.
4. a tendency toward a certain condition, action, etc.: the door's inclination to stick.
5. deviation or amount of deviation from a normal, esp. horizontal or vertical, direction or position.
6. an inclined surface.
7. Geom.
a. the angle between two lines or two planes.
b. the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line.
8. Astron.
a. the angle between the orbital plane of a planet and another given plane, usually the ecliptic.
b. the angle between the equatorial and orbital planes of a planet.
9. Magnetism. dip (def. 32).
[1350-1400; ME inclinacioun < L inclination- (s. of inclinatio), equiv. to inclinat(us) ptp. of inclinare (see INCLINE, -ATE1) + -ion- -ION]
Syn. 1. leaning, tendency; propensity, proclivity, predilection, predisposition, penchant. 5, 6. slope, slant, rise, fall, grade, pitch. 6. ramp.
Ant. 1. dislike.

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