dis·​in·​cli·​na·​tion | \(ˌ)dis-ˌin-klə-ˈnā-shən, -ˌsiŋ-\

Definition of disinclination 

: a preference for avoiding something : slight aversion

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Synonyms & Antonyms for disinclination


hesitance, hesitancy, reluctance, reticence, unwillingness


inclination, willingness

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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

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But American women weren’t interested, and the midi debacle left retailers with unsold stock and a lingering disinclination to take risks. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "How the Midi Skirt Vanquished the Mini Skirt," 17 Oct. 2018 Bill Elder, a tall skinny boy with big ears and acne, seemed to have a disinclination to shower, or wear deodorant when his underarm hair had begun to grow and his armpits to smell like a nervous adult's. Michael Lindsay-hogg, Town & Country, "Brando in a Blue Blazer," 22 Aug. 2013 Ailes, knowing Trump’s disinclination to take advice, or even listen to it, turned him down. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "New Trump book: Bannon’s ‘treasonous’ claim, Ivanka’s presidential ambitions and Melania’s first-lady concerns," 3 Jan. 2018 Rather, the outcome of the vote was more a reflection of the volunteers' disinclination to follow the orders of a regular Texian Army man over those from one of their own. Robert Kolarik, San Antonio Express-News, "Santa Anna tries to split Alamo," 28 Feb. 2018 While many battles for female independence have since been fought and (largely) won, Markle shows a similar disinclination to bow to patriarchal norms. Judith Vonberg, CNN, "America's second 'princess': Why Meghan Markle is a modern Grace Kelly," 1 May 2018 Supermodel Beverly Johnson said her reluctance to come forward as an accuser was tied to her allegiance to African-Americans and a disinclination to hurt a member of her community. Washington Post, "Cosby verdict met with conflicting emotions by some blacks," 27 Apr. 2018 Russia’s clear disinclination to respond to last week’s U.S. military strike in Syria shows Putin wants to avoid a direct military clash. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "Report from Moscow: Cold War, World War III unlikely, but Russian experts disagree on Putin's foreign-policy plan | Trudy Rubin," 20 Apr. 2018 Over the decades, no single feature of his artistic policy has caused more grievance than this disinclination to bring in Balanchine alumni. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Nuggets of Ballet Wisdom From Bodies Trained by Balanchine," 13 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of disinclination

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

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