dis·​in·​clined ˌdis-in-ˈklīnd How to pronounce disinclined (audio)
: unwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval
Choose the Right Synonym for disinclined

disinclined, hesitant, reluctant, loath, averse mean lacking the will or desire to do something indicated.

disinclined implies lack of taste for or inclination.

disinclined to move again
disinclined for reading

hesitant implies a holding back especially through fear or uncertainty.

hesitant about asking for a date

reluctant implies a holding back through unwillingness.

a reluctant witness

loath implies hesitancy because of conflict with one's opinions, predilections, or liking.

seems loath to trust anyone

averse implies a holding back from or avoiding because of distaste or repugnance.

averse to hard work
not averse to an occasional drink

Examples of disinclined in a Sentence

disinclined to pay his friends a visit without calling first
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Word History

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disinclined was in 1647

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“Disinclined.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disinclined. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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