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inclined
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Oliver Twist
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as in: I'm inclined to Define
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
  • ’If your inclinations chime with your sense of duty—’

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

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as in: on an incline or incline his head Define
to be at an angle or to bend
  • ’No, no,’ replied the matron, inclining her head to catch the words, as they came more faintly from the dying woman.
  • Disturbed by these different reflections; inclining now to one course and then to another, and again recoiling from all, as each successive consideration presented itself to her mind; Rose passed a sleepless and anxious night.

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  • ůMaylie and Mr. Losberne for Oliver’s appearance if he should ever be called upon; and Blathers and Duff, being rewarded with a couple of guineas, returned to town with divided opinions on the subject of their expedition: the latter gentleman on a mature consideration of all the circumstances, inclining to the belief that the burglarious attempt had originated with the Family Pet; and the former being equally disposed to concede the full merit of it to the great Mr. Conkey Chickweed.

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

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  • He then withdrew a pace or two; and, with another polite and gentlemanly inclination of the head, waited to be questioned.
  • The old lady made a respectful inclination of the head, which seemed to say that she thought the doctor was a very clever man.

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  • Mr. Bumble put down his hat; unbuttoned his coat; folded his arms; inclined his head in a retrospective manner; and, after a few moments’ reflection, commenced his story.
  • ’Misses wished some ale to be given out, sir; and as I felt no ways inclined for my own little room, sir, and was disposed for company, I am taking mine among ’cause here.’
  • ’I have not the inclination to parley,’ said Mr. Brownlow, ’and, as I advocate the dearest interests of others, I have not the right.’
  • Mr. Brownlow inclined his head.
  • He had taken his station some half-way between the side-board and the breakfast-table; and, with his body drawn up to its full height, his head thrown back, and inclined the merest trifle on one side, his left leg advanced, and his right hand thrust into his waist-coat, while his left hung down by his side, grasping a waiter, looked like one who laboured under a very agreeable sense of his own merits and importance.
  • It was fortunate for her that the possession of money occasioned him so much employment next day in the way of eating and drinking; and withal had so beneficial an effect in smoothing down the asperities of his temper; that he had neither time nor inclination to be very critical upon her behaviour and deportment.

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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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