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as in: on an incline or incline his head Define
to be at an angle or to bend
  • "Madame, I doubt my ability before such an audience," said he, smilingly inclining his head.

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  • I climbed down the incline.
  • She inclined her head to indicate her agreement.

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as in: I'm inclined to Define
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
  • Her life had no external aims—only a need to exercise her various functions and inclinations was apparent.
  • …Continental System, the Duke of Oldenburg’s wrongs, the movement of troops into Prussia—undertaken (as it seemed to Napoleon) only for the purpose of securing an armed peace, the French Emperor’s love and habit of war coinciding with his people’s inclinations, allurement by the grandeur of the preparations, and the expenditure on those preparations and the need of obtaining advantages to compensate for that expenditure, the intoxicating honors he received in Dresden, the diplomatic…

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  • I’m inclined to believe him.
  • I was inclined to laugh, but overcame the urge.

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  • So the first task Pierre had to face was one for which he had very little aptitude or inclination—practical business.
  • Sometimes that same look fell on Pierre, and that funny lively little girl’s look made him inclined to laugh without knowing why.

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  • Our right flank was posted on a rather steep incline which dominated the French position.
  • Crossing a road they descended a steep incline and saw several men lying on the ground; they also met a crowd of soldiers some of whom were unwounded.
  • "But if for reason you don’t feel inclined to talk to me," said the old man, "say so, my dear sir."
  • The old aunt received the two young people in her corner, but seemed desirous of hiding her adoration for Helene and inclined rather to show her fear of Anna Pavlovna.
  • Karagina had replied that for her part she was agreeable, and everything depend on her daughter’s inclination.
  • "Are the horses ready for the general?" he added, with a slight inclination of his head in reply to Balashev’s bow.
  • Rostov and Ilyin gave rein to their horses for a last race along the incline before reaching Bogucharovo, and Rostov, outstripping Ilyin, was the first to gallop into the village street.
  • Pfuel, always inclined to be irritably sarcastic, was particularly disturbed that day, evidently by the fact that they had dared to inspect and criticize his camp in his absence.

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  • The carts, in each of which three or four wounded soldiers were lying or sitting, jolted over the stones that had been thrown on the steep incline to make it something like a road.
  • In this way two cavalry regiments galloped through the Semenovsk hollow and as soon as they reached the top of the incline turned round and galloped full speed back again.
  • But the French officer was evidently more inclined to think he had been taken prisoner because Pierre’s strong hand, impelled by instinctive fear, squeezed his throat ever tighter and tighter.
  • With a slight inclination of her head, Natasha stepped back quickly to Mavra Kuzminichna, who stood talking compassionately to the officer.
  • With an inclination of the head the Emperor dismissed him.
  • Formerly he had appeared to be a kindhearted but unhappy man, and so people had been inclined to avoid him.
  • He ascended an incline, stopped, looked about him, and advanced to where the screen of trees was less dense.
  • And without waiting for an answer from the sentinel, who had stepped aside, Dolokhov rode up the incline at a walk.
  • He did nothing harmful to the progress of the battle; he inclined to the most reasonable opinions, he made no confusion, did not contradict himself, did not get frightened or run away from the field of battle, but with his great tact and military experience carried out his role of appearing to command, calmly and with dignity.
  • We cannot accurately estimate his genius in Austria or Prussia, for we have to draw our information from French or German sources, and the incomprehensible surrender of whole corps without fighting and of fortresses without a siege must incline Germans to recognize his genius as the only explanation of the war carried on in Germany.
  • And yet there need only be a discussion and she has no words of her own but only repeats his sayings…." added Nicholas, yielding to that irresistible inclination which tempts us to judge those nearest and dearest to us.
  • He did not allow himself either to be hard on or punish a man, or to make things easy for or reward anyone, merely because he felt inclined to do so.

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as in: I'm inclined to Define
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
as in: on an incline or incline his head Define
to be at an angle or to bend
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