inclination

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inclination

noun affinity, aptitude, aptness, bent, bias, cast, direction, fondness, inclinatio, leaning, liking, partiality, penchant, predilection, predisposition, prejudice, proclivity, proneness, propensity, slant, studium, tendency, voluntas
Foreign phrases: Judicium redditur in invitum, in praeeumptione legis.In presumption of law, a judgment is given against one's inclination. Favores ampliandi sunt; odia restringenda. Favorable inclinations should be ennouraged, animosities should be restrained.
See also: affection, affinity, amenability, animus, aptitude, bias, character, characteristic, choice, color, complexion, conatus, conviction, course, design, desire, direction, disposition, favor, habit, instinct, intent, notion, partiality, penchant, perspective, persuasion, point of view, position, posture, preconception, predilection, predisposition, preference, prejudice, proclivity, propensity, regard, stand, standpoint, tendency, will
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Darcy is neither by honour nor inclination confined to his cousin, why is not he to make another choice?
Remarkable felt a wonderful inclination to tell the young mistress of the mansion that by opening a door she might see for herself; but prudence got the better of resentment, and after pausing some little time, as a salve to her dignity, she did as desired.
For example, there are few men of extraordinary profundity who are found wanting in an inclination for the bottle.
I assured him I never suspected him; that if I had I should not so easily have yielded to the freedom which brought it on, but that it was all a surprise, and was owing to the accident of our having yielded too far to our mutual inclinations that night; and indeed I have often observed since, and leave it as a caution to the readers of this story, that we ought to be cautious of gratifying our inclinations in loose and lewd freedoms, lest we find our resolutions of virtue fail us in the junction when their assistance should be most necessary.
The polite and attentive stranger would desire, say, to consult her inclinations on the subject of potatoes.
A quoin is a solid which differs from a wedge in having its sharp end formed by the steep inclination of one side, instead of the mutual tapering of both sides.
Woodhouse's habits and inclination being consulted in every thing.
Without evincing any inclination to come in again, he there delivered his valedictory remarks.
But when Dunstan's meditation reached this point, the inclination to go on grew strong and prevailed.
Even our digestion is governed by angels," said Blake; and if you will resist the trivial inclination to substitute "bad angels," is there really any greater mystery than the process by which beef is turned into brains, and beer into beauty?
Rough and steep was the path indicated by divine suggestion; mossy and declining the green way along which Temptation strewed flowers; but whereas, methought, the Deity of Love, the Friend of all that exists, would smile well-pleased were I to gird up my loins and address myself to the rude ascent; so, on the other hand, each inclination to the velvet declivity seemed to kindle a gleam of triumph on the brow of the man-hating, God-defying demon.
It is fortunate that your inclination and your father's convenience should accord so well.