dis·​in·​clined | \ ˌdis-in-ˈklīnd How to pronounce disinclined (audio) \

Definition of disinclined

: unwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval

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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
Recent Examples on the Web And some Republicans indeed seem disinclined to fight to protect the low effective tax rates of those megafirms. Howard Gleckman, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 But the pipeline is more than ninety-per-cent complete, and the Biden team seems disinclined to blow up relations with Germany over a project that is likely to be completed anyway. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2021 Some progressive leaders see the fact that no Republicans voted for the package as confirmation of an important lesson Biden seems disinclined to learn. Rick Klein, ABC News, 11 Mar. 2021 Some people are disinclined to see past their own risk horizons. Adam Rogers, Wired, 28 Dec. 2020 Scalia’s muted role might be attributed to personality: unlike his father, who expressed his opinions with abandon, Eugene Scalia seems disinclined to draw attention to himself. Eyal Press, The New Yorker, 19 Oct. 2020 These days, even the nosiest monitors are disinclined to travel. The Economist, 16 May 2020 The government is disinclined to acknowledge its existence. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020 The biggest potential audience of Yiddish speakers, the ultraorthodox Hasidic Jewish community, is disinclined to read it, much less buy it. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of disinclined

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 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disinclined

formal : not wanting to do something : not inclined to do something

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