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 Although Ivey seemed disinclined to play for Sacramento, taking him anyway was an option. BostonGlobe.com, 24 June 2022 Why are modern fathers so quick to anger, and so disinclined to talk about it? Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 7 June 2022 But the state’s Republican officials seemed disinclined to tighten gun laws. Shawn Hubler, BostonGlobe.com, 29 May 2022 Several justices seemed disinclined to enjoin judges or clerks from simply doing their jobs, which are not inherently adversarial. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 1 Nov. 2021 And even desperate job-seekers who are burned out and disillusioned by bad deals at their earlier jobs are justifiably disinclined to make new deals that promise more of the same. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2021 Policymakers seem disinclined to reliably safeguard even the Constitution’s explicit limitations on federal power, let alone its implied ones. Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 The financing is critical to lawmakers from both parties on Capitol Hill, some of whom seem disinclined to support a bill that adds to the federal deficit. Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2021 And some Republicans indeed seem disinclined to fight to protect the low effective tax rates of those megafirms. Howard Gleckman, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of disinclined

1647, in the meaning defined above

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“Disinclined.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disinclined. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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