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 Erik Spoelstra has shown almost a disinclination to play big, which also has been the increasing trend around the league. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 14 July 2022 Fagen — the sole surviving member of Steely Dan after Walter Becker’s death — also rebuffed the notion that a disinclination toward putting female singer-songwriters on the bill had anything to do with it. Chris Willman, Variety, 19 Apr. 2022 Despite Parton publicly asking to be removed from contention, with voting already underway, so far the Hall hasn’t made any public move to disqualify her, and her disinclination to receive the award doesn’t automatically take her out of the running. Chris Willman, Variety, 16 Mar. 2022 The problem, of course, is a widespread disinclination to serve that good, whether it is fueled by selfishness and ignorance or the sense that one’s contributions to the commonweal have not felt adequately reciprocal. New York Times, 29 Oct. 2021 The teacher, physical education instructor Tanner Cross, shared his disinclination to use transgender students’ pronouns — citing his religious beliefs — at a May school board meeting. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2021 By the time the novel’s action begins, Gloria and Joan have split because of Gloria’s disinclination to cut Leonard out of her life, and Gloria and Corey are living in a house in Quincy. Christian Lorentzen, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 This pest takes advantage of a rosarian’s natural disinclination to sacrifice new growth and buds. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 July 2021 Walmart's disinclination to follow in the footsteps of competitors Amazon and Target, each of which pay a minimum of $15 an hour, drew a strong rebuke from labor activists. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 18 Feb. 2021 See More

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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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29 Jul 2022

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“Disinclination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disinclination. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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