dis·​in·​cli·​na·​tion | \ (ˌ)dis-ˌin-klə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce disinclination (audio) , -ˌsiŋ- \

Definition of disinclination

: a preference for avoiding something : slight aversion

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Examples of disinclination in a Sentence

it's an understatement to say that our dog shows a disinclination to get into the car to go to the vet a strong disinclination for Brussels sprouts since birth
Recent Examples on the Web If, faced with half-empty offices, such service workers do not come back for want of custom, that will add to the commuters’ disinclination to return. The Economist, "Centres of excellence Covid-19 challenges New York’s future," 11 June 2020 Through a combination of distraction and disinclination to bend to the U.K’s whims, currently there is no willingness to do that, diplomats from several EU countries said. Ian Wishart, Bloomberg.com, "EU Has Bigger Problems to Worry About Than Brexit Gridlock," 26 May 2020 Both have made clear their disinclination to vote for more witness testimony. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Watch live: Cruz, Cornyn, other senators get first chance to ask questions during Trump impeachment trial," 29 Jan. 2020 Many, but the most common was a disinclination to eat meat. Washington Post, "11 cookbooks that inspired us in 2019," 9 Dec. 2019 Common sense and bubblegum creditors Based on some of the resistance the FDIC faced today, however, its disinclination to mention or defend the Bob Richards rule could lead to a decision discussing it at length. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Justices stumped in SCOTUS tax refund case with “massive economic significance”," 4 Dec. 2019 But Orry was unwilling to move, a disinclination that is unfortunately widespread in our current moment, but one that may contribute to less-than-optimal employment outcomes. Erin Valdez, National Review, "No, You Don’t ‘Have to Go to College to Become a Welder’," 2 Dec. 2019 So is the 2007 Avandia scandal, in which GlaxoSmithKline failed to report findings that led to as many as 100,000 cases of stroke and heart failure, because of a disinclination to disrupt a leading product yielding $900 million in annual sales. Jeremy A. Greene, Washington Post, "After a scandal, a one-sided warning against generic drugs," 13 Sep. 2019 Goucher College political scientist Nina Kasniunas said Jealous’ disinclination to enter the mayor’s race could be a sign of a how impossible the job seems. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Ben Jealous might seek Maryland governor’s office again, rules out run for Baltimore mayor," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of disinclination

1647, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disinclination was in 1647

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“Disinclination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disinclination. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of disinclination

formal : a feeling of not wanting to do something : a tendency to avoid a particular activity

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