dis·​in·​cli·​na·​tion (ˌ)dis-ˌin-klə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce disinclination (audio)
: a preference for avoiding something : slight aversion

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 The spectacularly public feud between Mr. Prigozhin and the Defense Ministry — and Mr. Putin’s apparent inability or disinclination to stop it — has rekindled doubts about Moscow’s ability to succeed on the battlefield itself, where coordination between disparate units is of critical importance. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, 16 May 2023 The impression that these are just people in wigs is only bolstered by their disinclination to reflect on their choices. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2023 Considering Erik Spoelstra’s disinclination toward playing Omer Yurtseven, could Orlando Robinson actually wind up getting minutes against the Knicks or Nets while Omer sits? Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 22 Mar. 2023 The anecdotal evidence, gleaned from social media and private conversations with industry leaders, suggests a variety of challenges — lingering fears of the coronavirus, the disinclination by some patrons to wear masks and resistance to high ticket prices. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2021 The most experienced plaque unveiler Characterized through the years as brusque and easily exasperated, his disinclination to suffer fools became more familiar to the public at large thanks to his depiction in the popular television series, The Crown. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 Yet my disinclination had nothing to do with whatever ambiently satirical impulses were at work in the series. Brandon Taylor, The New Yorker, 26 Mar. 2023 Then again, a disinclination to accept deferred gratification could overcome any investment assumptions or tax planning that goes into the winner’s calculations. Chris Isidore, CNN, 5 Nov. 2022 This all goes back to the Heat’s disinclination to pay into the luxury tax. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 27 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 6 Dec. 2023.

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