inclination

  1. (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis)

    Synonyms : angle of inclination
    Type Of : angle
  2. an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others

    Synonyms : disposition, tendency
    Type Of : attitude, mental attitude
    Examples :
    • he had an inclination to give up too easily
  3. (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees

    Synonyms : inclination of an orbit
    Type Of : angle
  4. the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical

    Synonyms : lean, leaning, list, tilt
    Type Of : position, spatial relation
    Examples :
    • he walked with a heavy inclination to the right
  5. a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect

    Synonyms : tendency
    Type Of : disposition
    Examples :
    • the alkaline inclination of the local waters
  6. (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon

    Synonyms : angle of dip, dip, magnetic dip, magnetic inclination
    Type Of : angle
  7. the act of inclining; bending forward

    Synonyms : inclining
    Type Of : motion, move, movement, motility
    Examples :
    • an inclination of his head indicated his agreement
  8. that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking

    Antonyms : disinclination
    Type Of : liking
    Examples :
    • her inclination is for classical music

incipient

  1. only partly in existence; imperfectly formed

    Synonyms : inchoate
    Examples :
    • incipient civil disorder
    • an incipient tumor

incessant

  1. uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing

    Synonyms : ceaseless, constant, never-ending, perpetual, unceasing, unremitting
    Examples :
    • night and day we live with the incessant noise of the city

incantation

  1. a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect

    Synonyms : conjuration
    Type Of : charm, magic spell, magical spell, spell

inadvertent

  1. happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally

    Synonyms : accidental
    Examples :
    • with an inadvertent gesture she swept the vase off the table

impromptu

  1. with little or no preparation or forethought

    Synonyms : ad-lib, extemporaneous, extemporary, extempore, off-the-cuff, offhand, offhanded, unrehearsed
    Examples :
    • an impromptu speech
  2. without advance preparation

    Synonyms : ad lib, ad libitum, spontaneously
  3. an extemporaneous speech or remark

    Type Of : address, speech
    Examples :
    • a witty impromptu must not sound premeditated
  4. a short musical passage that seems to have been made spontaneously without advance preparation

    Type Of : musical passage, passage

impoverished

  1. poor enough to need help from others

    Synonyms : destitute, indigent, necessitous, needy, poverty-stricken
  2. destroyed financially

    Synonyms : broken, wiped out

impious

  1. lacking due respect or dutifulness

    Synonyms : undutiful
    Examples :
    • impious toward one's parents
  2. lacking piety or reverence for a god

    Antonyms : pious

impecunious

  1. not having enough money to pay for necessities

    Synonyms : hard up, in straitened circumstances, penniless, penurious, pinched

impartial

  1. free from undue bias or preconceived opinions

    Synonyms : unprejudiced
    Examples :
    • the impartial eye of a scientist
  2. showing lack of favoritism

    Antonyms : partial
    Examples :
    • the cold neutrality of an impartial judge