dis·​in·​cline | \ ˌdis-in-ˈklīn How to pronounce disincline (audio) \
disinclined; disinclining; disinclines

Definition of disincline

transitive verb

: to make unwilling

Examples of disincline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Having been defied once by Maduro, the Pope may be disinclined to back another mediation that might fail. David Smilde, The Conversation, "Catholic Church urges Venezuela to unite against coronavirus," 17 Apr. 2020 First, over the decades, attacks by the Left on norms and the American project have yielded school systems disinclined to set forth a muscular vision of personal or civic responsibility. Frederick M. Hess, National Review, "COVID-19 Took Away Public Education. Will We Miss It?," 16 Apr. 2020 No one else knew my personal tragedies but Dave and Carole, who were disinclined to mention them. Jillian Dunham, Longreads, "At Mrs. Balbir’s," 28 Jan. 2020 The court was disinclined to stall the boards’ work given the many people relying on the board’s decisions, the delay to debt restructuring that would surely ensue if its work was undone, and the lingering effects of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Puerto Rico’s future is now in the hands of the US Supreme Court," 15 Oct. 2019 They probably were disinclined in that direction, too. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "YWCA started out fighting racism but didn’t stay on course, until now," 10 Oct. 2019 And my sense right now is that Democrats are disinclined to try to prioritize it. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The case for amnesty," 29 Oct. 2018 In addition to getting around the standing problem, the initiative also sidesteps the need to rope in Congress, the Justice Department, or any other entity disinclined to investigate or question Trump conflicts. Dahlia Lithwick, Slate Magazine, "How state attorneys general could take down Trump.," 15 Feb. 2017 Bennett said as manufacturing jobs continued to disappear, factory owners were disinclined to sponsor apprenticeships. Olivera Perkins, cleveland.com, "Medina manufacturers focus on closing skills gap with new program (photos)," 24 July 2017

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First Known Use of disincline

1647, in the meaning defined above

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“Disincline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disincline. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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