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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary

Inclination

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Is the disposition or propensity of the mind to any particular object or action: or a kind of bias upon nature, by the force of which it is carried towards certain actions previously to the exercise of thought and reasoning about the nature and consequences of them. Inclinations are of two kinds, natural or acquired.

1. Natural are such as we often see in children, who from their earliest years differ in their tempers and dispositions. In one you see the dawnings of a liberal diffusive soul; another gives us cause to fear he will be altogether as narrow and sordid. Of one we may say he is naturally revengeful; of another, that he is patient and forgiving.

2. Acquired inclinations are such as are superinduced by custom, which are called habits; and these are either good or evil.

See HABIT.

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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Inclination'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/i/inclination.html. 1802.

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