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

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disinclined to pay his friends a visit without calling first
Recent Examples on the Web These days, even the nosiest monitors are disinclined to travel. The Economist, "We don’t need no observation Covid-19 helps ballot-dodgers in Africa," 16 May 2020 The government is disinclined to acknowledge its existence. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 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, "Translating Harry Potter Into Yiddish Isn’t Totally Meshugge," 25 Feb. 2020 The government is disinclined to acknowledge its existence. Seth Harp, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 27 Apr. 2020 The government is disinclined to acknowledge its existence. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "In Harm’s Way," 30 Mar. 2020 But the central bank — which operates independently of the White House and answers to Congress — appears disinclined to comply. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Fed Keeps Interest Rates Steady and Projects Little Movement Ahead," 11 Dec. 2019 The justices at the hearing seemed disinclined to buy Liu’s counsel’s claims, too. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Fraudster tells US Supreme Court it’s unjust for SEC to take swindled profits," 4 Mar. 2020 For their part, the anti-interventionists were disinclined to forget. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's magazine, "The Old Normal," 2 Mar. 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 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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