from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An inclination, a tendency, or a preference. See Synonyms at predilection.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tendency.
  • v. Present participle of lean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act, or state, of inclining; inclination; tendency.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Inclination of the mind; mental tendency; bias; bent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of deviating from a vertical position
  • adj. departing or being caused to depart from the true vertical or horizontal
  • n. an inclination to do something
  • n. a natural inclination
  • n. the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical


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  • Just finished reading your book “Petite Anglaise” whilst working in Madrid and it had me engrossed, and I could thoroughly relate to it being a student studying languages (French and Spanish, but my strong leaning is towards the Spanish).


  • Libertarian leaning is the key here, not full blown Krusty the Klown Libertarian.

    Rasmussen CA-SEN: Fiorina within MoE of Boxer. - Moe_Lane’s blog - RedState

  • The list of negative connotations of far left leaning is too long to get into here.

    The invisibles

  • In the 2008 election, "pure independents" made up only 7 percent of the electorate, and leaners still voted overwhelmingly for the candidates of the party they identified as leaning toward.

    Research desk responds: How partisan are 'independent' voters?

  • I did see that they slivered her in leaning over Donna ... but that hardly makes me happy.

    Is it wrong of me...?

  • The McCain leaning friend of mine who has been teasing me with tongue-in-cheek comments for the last couple of weeks for his text saying, "Frankly speaking, I admire what you are doing."

    Walk The Talk

  • There is something to be said that those with a stronger right brain leaning (more creative, rather than analytical) that making sketches and creative fonts may aid in the learning and remembering process.

    EXTRALIFE – By Scott Johnson - A chip off the old block? That is good and bad.

  • My ID views do not stem from a theological viewpoint (for the record, my theological leaning is for option #4) or any sophisticated philosophical analysis.

    Are dem bunny prints?

  • | Reply | Permalink exactly but then there is a question with the word leaning, and then the id number to dems jumps, this means that more indies are identifying as dems when pushed to lean one way or the other.

    McCain Campaign: Poll Showing Obama With Big Lead Is Bogus

  • "My leaning is that the public school fights and all the press that it's generating is making it easier for IDists like me to approach administrators with a sales pitch."

    Debating in the post-wedge world


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