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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Synonyms & Antonyms for disinclined


cagey (also cagy), dubious, hesitant, indisposed, loath (also loth), reluctant, reticent


disposed, inclined

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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

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His periodic visits with King (a TV host disinclined to press him on policy details or his business history) became pop-culture events. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Bitter medicine of Perot’s 1992 campaign wouldn’t sell today," 10 July 2019 In this interpretation, that is both a Soviet artifact, particular to its bureaucracy and the incentives of socialist ideals, and the result of sclerotic power — of institutions disinclined to change in the face of facts. Bathsheba Demuth, BostonGlobe.com, "Chernobyl reminds us of the tragic cost of lies," 28 June 2019 Explaining will come across as backpedaling and excuse-making and spin to someone disinclined to believe you. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Ready to be estranged from sister," 28 Jan. 2019 The public and the FCC are disinclined to accept higher prices in rural areas (which often have lower incomes). Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "ISPs say they can’t expand broadband unless gov’t gives them more money," 16 Aug. 2018 While national Democratic organizations admire O’Rourke’s pluck, most appear disinclined to divert resources to Texas, and O’Rourke made a show of spurning one of his party’s top PAC donors, Tom Steyer. Andrew Rice, Daily Intelligencer, "Can a Democrat Ever Win in Texas?," 10 July 2018 Those disinclined to trust the media get reinforcement when highly influential politicians and partisan media figures elevate the critiques, sometimes making personal jabs at journalists’ motives and their character. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "The Capital Gazette shooting and what’s wrong with the current public discourse about the media," 29 June 2018 In their separate opinions, the four liberal justices all seem disinclined to carve out religious exemptions from civil-rights laws. The Economist, "The Supreme Court’s artful dodge over gay wedding cakes," 5 June 2018 One of the tests that awaits is the fact that OTAs are voluntary, and some vets, with their offseason recovery time drastically shortened, might feel disinclined to volunteer. Les Bowen, Philly.com, "At NFL meetings, Eagles coach Doug Pederson talks of turning the page," 27 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of disinclined

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

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