|1.||[ noun ] an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others|
"he had an inclination to give up too easily" "a tendency to be too strict"
|Related terms:||attitude direction sympathy disfavor Call bent favor drift perseveration proclivity devices predisposition literalism denominationalism impartiality partiality favoritism tend dispose|
|2.||[ noun ] an inclination to do something|
"he felt leanings toward frivolity"
|Related terms:||inclination tend|
|3.||[ noun ] a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect|
: "the alkaline inclination of the local waters" "fabric with a tendency to shrink"
|Related terms:||disposition desire electronegativity stainability tend|
|4.||[ noun ] (transportation) a general direction in which something tends to move|
: "the shoreward tendency of the current" "the trend of the stock market"