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  • n. Plural form of inclination.


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  • Our genes are not destiny, but their influence on our particular inclinations is unmistakable and — for me, in my own children — a constant source of wonder.

    Letters to the Editor

  • The one that will most strongly affect how, when, and perhaps even whether you evidence your genetically-driven inclinations is almost entirely down to training.

    Men's brains, women's brains

  • We have the type of nation that is supposed to be neutral which has certain inclinations, one way or another, that are friendly toward certain situations.

    Hospital Problems in Peace and War

  • When certain inclinations are found, they are always just and humane.

    Nobel Prize in Literature 1932 - Presentation Speech

  • Kant is widely misinterpreted as saying that someone acting from duty cannot under any circumstances be motivated by her "inclinations" -- that is, her own subjective preferences, feelings, etc.


  • That he doesn’t understand that many conservatives have closet racist inclinations is one thing.

    The Early Word: Seeking the Hispanic Vote - The Caucus Blog -

  • It is as if you assume no one ever genuinely regrets indulging in their short-term inclinations at the expense of their long-term interests and against their larger principles.

    Who Wants to Marry Someone with Self-Control Issues?, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • It is, however, sufficient for my present purpose to assert, that, whatever effect circumstances have on the abilities, every being may become virtuous by the exercise of its own reason; for if but one being was created with vicious inclinations, that is positively bad, what can save us from atheism? or if we worship a God, is not that God a devil?

    A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

  • The rest of their time besides that taken up in work, eating and sleeping, is left to every man's discretion; yet they are not to abuse that interval to luxury and idleness, but must employ it in some proper exercise according to their various inclinations, which is for the most part reading.


  • Jesuit novitiate at Frederick, Md., to prepare himself for the priesthood, from which high calling his inclinations from early youth had impelled him, and for which, by reason of his studious habits, scholarly taste, and moral standards, he was in every way fitted.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman


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