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Inclination synonyms
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An inclination, tendency, or preference.
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  1. An inclination, tendency, or preference.
  2. The act of a person or thing that leans
A tendency, disposition, or inclination:
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  1. A tendency, disposition, or inclination:
  2. A framework transverse to the length of a structure, for supporting lateral as well as vertical loads
  3. Any of a genus (Agrostis) of dense, low-growing perennial grasses that spread by putting out runners and are often used for lawns and golf greens
A preference or an inclination, especially one that inhibits impartial judgment.
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  1. A preference or an inclination, especially one that inhibits impartial judgment.
  2. (Radio) The fixed voltage applied to an electrode circuit to control the mode of operation, usually measured with the cathode voltage as reference
  3. (Electronics) A high-frequency signal or tone added to a tape during the recording process so as to reduce distortion and increase frequency response
(Obs.) Favorable inclination; bias (for)
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  1. (Obs.) Favorable inclination; bias (for)
  2. An innate inclination; a tendency.
  3. A tendency, preference, or attraction.
A preconceived liking; partiality or preference (for)
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  1. A preconceived liking; partiality or preference (for)
  2. Condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; proclivity; predisposition.
  3. A special liking for something; a preference.
The state or quality of being partial; tendency to favor unfairly; bias
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  1. The state or quality of being partial; tendency to favor unfairly; bias
  2. Particular fondness or liking
  3. Preference, bias in favor of, tendency.
A strong liking or fondness; inclination; taste
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  1. A strong liking or fondness; inclination; taste
A natural propensity or inclination; a predisposition:
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  1. A natural propensity or inclination; a predisposition:
  2. A natural or habitual tendency or inclination, esp. toward something discreditable
A state of being predisposed; a tendency, inclination, or susceptibility.
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  1. A state of being predisposed; a tendency, inclination, or susceptibility.
  2. The condition of being predisposed; inclination or tendency; predilection
Something, such as a tie, band, or fastener, that attaches one thing to another.
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  1. Something, such as a tie, band, or fastener, that attaches one thing to another.
  2. A bond, as of affection or loyalty; fond regard.
  3. The seizure or freezing of property by court order while an action is pending so that its ownership can be determined, it can be secured to be sold to satisfy a judgment, or its sale or transfer can be prevented so that any future judgment arising from the action may later be secured or satisfied. See also garnishment and replevin.
The capacity to be used, treated, or developed for a specific purpose:
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  1. The capacity to be used, treated, or developed for a specific purpose:
  2. The power or ability to generate an outcome
  3. Abilities, features, etc. not yet developed or utilized
A condition of being qualified or authorized; position, function, status, etc.
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  1. A condition of being qualified or authorized; position, function, status, etc.
  2. The power to learn or retain knowledge; mental ability.
  3. A legal qualification, such as age, that determines one’s ability to do something that has legal consequences (such as making a contract or getting married). Also called legal capacity.
Inclination of mind, heart, or temper; propension; disposition; as, proneness to self-gratification.
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  1. Inclination of mind, heart, or temper; propension; disposition; as, proneness to self-gratification.
  2. The state of lying with the face down.
  3. The quality or state of being prone, or of bending downward; as, the proneness of beasts is opposed to the erectness of man.
Suitability; the quality of being apt or suitable
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  1. Suitability; the quality of being apt or suitable
  2. Disposition of the mind; propensity
  3. Quickness of apprehension; readiness in learning; docility
The quality of being fond
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  1. The quality of being fond
  2. Tender or doting affection
  3. An inclination; taste
The power or authority to arrange, settle, or manage; control
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  1. The power or authority to arrange, settle, or manage; control
  2. A putting in order or being put in order; arrangement
  3. The power or liberty to control, direct, or dispose:
Preference or taste
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  1. Preference or taste
  2. A like; a predilection.
  3. A feeling of attraction or love; fondness:
The selecting of someone or something over another or others:
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  1. The selecting of someone or something over another or others:
  2. A giving of priority or advantage to one person, country, etc. over others, as in payment of debts or granting of credit
  3. The right, power, or opportunity of prior choice or claim
A tendency or trend in some particular sphere of activity
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  1. A tendency or trend in some particular sphere of activity
  2. A series of actions and events taking place over a period of time and working to foster a principle or policy:
  3. An organized effort by supporters of a common goal:
(Physics) The ratio of electric or magnetic polarization in a material to the strength of the field producing that polarization
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  1. (Physics) The ratio of electric or magnetic polarization in a material to the strength of the field producing that polarization
  2. The capacity to be affected by deep emotions or strong feelings; sensitivity.
  3. A susceptible temperament or disposition; capacity for receiving impressions
A special fondness or inclination:
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  1. A special fondness or inclination:
  2. Something of which one is excessively fond or desirous:
  3. A weak point; fault or defect, as in one's character
A gradual deviation from an original course, model, method, or intention.
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  1. A gradual deviation from an original course, model, method, or intention.
  2. A gradual movement or change in some direction or toward some end or purpose; trend; tendency
  3. A gradual change in position:
An inclination in a particular direction.
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  1. An inclination in a particular direction.
  2. A fad or fashion style.
  3. A general or prevailing tendency or course, as of events, a discussion, etc.; drift
A change of position or posture, as by rotating motion
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  1. A change of position or posture, as by rotating motion
  2. A change or reversal of course or direction
  3. A distinctive, graceful, or artistic expression or arrangement of words:
A sloping thing or piece of ground.
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  1. A sloping thing or piece of ground.
  2. A line, plane, course, or direction that is other than perpendicular or horizontal; a slope.
  3. (Offensive Slang) Used as a disparaging term for a person of East Asian birth or ancestry.
The change of momentum of a body or physical system over a time interval in classical mechanics, equal to the force applied times the length of the time interval over which it is applied.
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  1. The change of momentum of a body or physical system over a time interval in classical mechanics, equal to the force applied times the length of the time interval over which it is applied.
  2. A sudden inclination to act, usually without premeditation
  3. A sudden wish or urge that prompts an unpremeditated act or feeling; an abrupt inclination:
A person, place, thing, or event that is intended to attract:
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  1. A person, place, thing, or event that is intended to attract:
  2. (Physics) The mutual action by which bodies or particles of matter tend to draw together or cohere
  3. The gravitational force exerted by one body on another.
A disposition to feel, do, or say; a propensity.
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  1. A disposition to feel, do, or say; a propensity.
  2. A tender feeling toward another; fondness.
  3. (Archaic) An attribute or property of a thing
A natural attraction or feeling of kinship to a person or thing.
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  1. A natural attraction or feeling of kinship to a person or thing.
  2. The attractive force, of varying strength for various elements, molecules, etc., that causes the atoms of certain elements to combine and stay combined
  3. A term used to describe the relationship that one has to the adopted or blood (and usually close) relatives of their spouse. For example, affinity exists between a woman and her husband’s brother.
An instance of this feeling:
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  1. An instance of this feeling:
  2. A thing or person desired
  3. An object of such feeling or passion:
In medieval physiology, any of the four conditions of body and mind (sanguine, phlegmatic, choleric or bilious, and melancholic ) attributed to an excess of one of the four corresponding humors
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  1. In medieval physiology, any of the four conditions of body and mind (sanguine, phlegmatic, choleric or bilious, and melancholic ) attributed to an excess of one of the four corresponding humors
  2. The manner of thinking, behaving, or reacting characteristic of a specific person.
  3. One's customary frame of mind or natural disposition; nature
A kind of winch or capstan powered by a horse or steam, formerly used in mines to raise ore or water
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  1. A kind of winch or capstan powered by a horse or steam, formerly used in mines to raise ore or water
  2. (Mining) A large capstan or vertical drum turned by horse power or steam power, for raising ore or water, etc., from mines, or for other purposes
  3. Arbitrary thought or impulse:
(Medicine) A peculiar individual reaction to a generally innocuous substance or factor.
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  1. (Medicine) A peculiar individual reaction to a generally innocuous substance or factor.
  2. A behavior or way of thinking that is characteristic of a person.
  3. The temperament or mental constitution peculiar to a person or group
An involuntary tendency to perform a given activity; an instinct:
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  1. An involuntary tendency to perform a given activity; an instinct:
  2. An impulse that prompts action or effort:
  3. An impulse to do a certain thing; impelling influence or force, esp. an inner drive
The ability or power to persuade:
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  1. The ability or power to persuade:
  2. (Informal) Kind, sort, sex, etc.
  3. A party, faction, or group holding to a particular set of ideas or beliefs.
A city of central Oregon on the Deschutes River in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Range.
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  1. A city of central Oregon on the Deschutes River in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Range.
  2. Something bent:
  3. A bending or being bent
A motion or action that bends.
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  1. A motion or action that bends.
The manner or technique of using the bow in playing a violin, cello, etc.
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  1. The manner or technique of using the bow in playing a violin, cello, etc.
  2. A bending.
  3. The act of bending at the waist, as a sign of respect or greeting.
A position in a scale of size, quality, or intensity:
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  1. A position in a scale of size, quality, or intensity:
  2. A level of academic development in an elementary, middle, or secondary school:
  3. A group of students at such a level:
A decline, as in fortune, status, or condition:
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  1. A decline, as in fortune, status, or condition:
  2. An act of downgrading, as in status, rank, or amount:
  3. A lowering in rank, value, etc.
An inclined surface; a slope or gradient:
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  1. An inclined surface; a slope or gradient:
  2. An inclined plane or surface; slope; grade; slant
A point of view, attitude, or opinion
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  1. A point of view, attitude, or opinion
  2. A sloping thing or piece of ground.
  3. A line, plane, course, or direction that is other than perpendicular or horizontal; a slope.
An authoritative order or command:
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  1. An authoritative order or command:
  2. The management, supervision, or guidance of a group or operation:
  3. The course along which a person or thing is moving or must move to reach a destination:
A transverse structural member or framework that is used for strengthening a bridge or trestle.
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  1. A transverse structural member or framework that is used for strengthening a bridge or trestle.
  2. A framework transverse to the length of a structure, for supporting lateral as well as vertical loads
  3. An inclination; tendency
A steep downward slope.
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  1. A steep downward slope.
  2. (Informal) A line of talk, such as a salesperson uses to persuade customers
  3. A ball so thrown:
The slope of the tangent line to a given curve at a designated point
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  1. The slope of the tangent line to a given curve at a designated point
  2. An inclined line, surface, plane, position, or direction.
  3. A piece of ground that is not flat or level; rising or falling ground; specif., a portion of the side of a hill or mountain
An inclined surface; a slope or gradient:
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  1. An inclined surface; a slope or gradient:
  2. An inclined plane or surface; slope; grade; slant
A sharp or projecting corner, as of a building.
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  1. A sharp or projecting corner, as of a building.
  2. A member of a Germanic people of the northern lowlands that settled in E England in the 5th cent. a.d.: the name England is from Englaland (land of the Angles), and English is from Englisc (of the Angles)
  3. A sharp or projecting corner
A sloping runway for launching boats, as from trailers
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  1. A sloping runway for launching boats, as from trailers
  2. A concave bend of a handrail where a sharp change in level or direction occurs, as at a stair landing.
  3. A concave bend or curve where a handrail or coping changes its direction, as at a staircase landing
A downward slope or sloping, as of a hill
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  1. A downward slope or sloping, as of a hill
Two rules joined together as adjustable arms used to measure or draw angles of any size or to fix a surface at an angle.
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  1. Two rules joined together as adjustable arms used to measure or draw angles of any size or to fix a surface at an angle.
  2. A tool consisting of a rule with a movable arm, used in measuring or marking angles and in fixing surfaces at an angle
  3. An angle other than a right angle
An upward slope of ground
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  1. An upward slope of ground
  2. An upward slope, as of a hill.
A place of safekeeping or storage:
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  1. A place of safekeeping or storage:
  2. A supply or stock for future or emergency use:
  3. A piled-up mass, as of snow or clouds; a heap:
The act or condition of leaning; inclination; slant
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  1. The act or condition of leaning; inclination; slant
  2. A tilt or an inclination away from the vertical.
  3. Meat containing little or no fat
A considerable number; a long series:
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  1. A considerable number; a long series:
  2. A series of names, words, or other items written, printed, or imagined one after the other:
  3. List price
An inclination from the horizontal or vertical; a slant:
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  1. An inclination from the horizontal or vertical; a slant:
  2. A tendency to favor one side in a dispute:
  3. The condition or angle of being tilted; slope or slant
The tilt, turn, or slant thus caused
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  1. The tilt, turn, or slant thus caused
  2. The special vocabulary of a profession, discipline, or social group; jargon.
  3. The special words and phrases used by those in a certain sect, occupation, etc.; jargon
A grouping of organisms done purely on the basis of shared features and without regard to evolutionary relationships. Grades may include organisms that do not share a common ancestor, or may exclude some organisms having the same common ancestor as the other organisms in the grade. For this reason, many taxonomists do not accept grades as formal classifications. The class Reptilia (reptiles) is a grade since it includes dinosaurs but not birds, even though birds are descended from dinosaurs.
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  1. A grouping of organisms done purely on the basis of shared features and without regard to evolutionary relationships. Grades may include organisms that do not share a common ancestor, or may exclude some organisms having the same common ancestor as the other organisms in the grade. For this reason, many taxonomists do not accept grades as formal classifications. The class Reptilia (reptiles) is a grade since it includes dinosaurs but not birds, even though birds are descended from dinosaurs.
  2. Any of the divisions in a school curriculum usually equal to one year; most systems in the U.S. include twelve grades after the kindergarten
  3. A slope or gradual inclination, especially of a road or railroad track:
A operator on scalar fields yielding a vector function, where the value of the vector evaluated at any point indicates the direction and degree of change of the field at that point.
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  1. A operator on scalar fields yielding a vector function, where the value of the vector evaluated at any point indicates the direction and degree of change of the field at that point.
  2. The degree to which something inclines; a slope. A mountain road with a gradient of ten percent rises one foot for every ten feet of horizontal length.
  3. (Physics) The rate at which a physical quantity, such as temperature or pressure, changes in response to changes in a given variable, especially distance.
(Botany) The basal end of a plant cutting or tuber used in propagation.
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  1. (Botany) The basal end of a plant cutting or tuber used in propagation.
  2. A tilt, as of a boat, to one side.
  3. The built-up portion of a shoe or boot, supporting the heel.
An inclined surface; a slope or gradient:
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  1. An inclined surface; a slope or gradient:
  2. An inclined plane or surface; slope; grade; slant
A tilt or an inclination away from the vertical.
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  1. A tilt or an inclination away from the vertical.
  2. The act or condition of leaning; inclination; slant
  3. Meat containing little or no fat
A considerable number; a long series:
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  1. A considerable number; a long series:
  2. A series of names, words, or other items written, printed, or imagined one after the other:
  3. List price
The angle between the cutting edge of a tool and a plane perpendicular to the working surface to which the tool is applied.
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  1. The angle between the cutting edge of a tool and a plane perpendicular to the working surface to which the tool is applied.
  2. A long-handled implement with a row of projecting teeth at its head, used especially to gather leaves or to loosen or smooth earth.
  3. Any of various long-handled tools with teeth or prongs at one end, used for gathering loose grass, hay, leaves, etc., or for smoothing broken ground
(Informal) A quick, oblique look; glance
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  1. (Informal) A quick, oblique look; glance
  2. An oblique or inclined surface, line, direction, etc.; slope; incline
  3. (Offensive Slang) Used as a disparaging term for a person of East Asian birth or ancestry.
A piece of ground that is not flat or level; rising or falling ground; specif., a portion of the side of a hill or mountain
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  1. A piece of ground that is not flat or level; rising or falling ground; specif., a portion of the side of a hill or mountain
  2. (Mathematics) The rate at which an ordinate of a point of a line on a coordinate plane changes with respect to a change in the abscissa.
  3. (Math.) The trigonometric tangent of the positive angle formed between a given straight line and the x-axis of a pair of Cartesian coordinates
The condition or angle of being tilted; slope or slant
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  1. The condition or angle of being tilted; slope or slant
  2. A tendency to favor one side in a dispute:
  3. An inclination from the horizontal or vertical; a slant:
A helpful hint:
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  1. A helpful hint:
  2. A piece of secret information given confidentially in an attempt to be helpful
  3. A piece of private or secret information, especially imparted by someone with expert knowledge about sporting odds, business performance etc. [From mid-19th c.]

Synonym Study

  • Proclivity usually suggests strong inclination as a result of habitual indulgence, usually toward something bad or wrong a proclivity to falsehood
  • Bent and propensity imply a natural or inherent inclination coupled with a skill or ability, the latter also connoting an almost uncontrollable attraction she has a bent for art, he has a propensity for getting into trouble
  • Leaning suggests a general inclination toward something but implies only the direction of attraction and not the final choice Dr. Green had always had a leaning toward the study of law
  • Inclination refers to a more or less vague mental disposition toward some action, practice, or thing he had an inclination to refuse
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