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disinclination

[dis-in-kluh-ney-shuh n, dis-in-] /dɪsˌɪn kləˈneɪ ʃən, ˌdɪs ɪn-/
noun
1.
the absence of inclination; reluctance; unwillingness.
Origin of disinclination
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50; dis-1 + inclination
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  • And the reason of his disinclination was that he scarcely desired to encounter Geraldine.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • My disinclination for it before was affected, but now it is real.

    Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters

    William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh
  • I had never been in a plane in my life, and this for no other reason than disinclination.

  • He started to walk home, but still felt that disinclination to face the colonel.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • Why this weariness, this disinclination to speak, unless it be shouting or raving?

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • With the causes of this disinclination we are not now concerned.

  • Our bearers, however, had for some time shown a disinclination to proceed.

    In the Wilds of Africa W.H.G. Kingston
  • But I suspect we have ourselves to thank for the disinclination.

    The Gorilla Hunters R.M. Ballantyne
Word Origin and History for disinclination
n.

1640s; see dis- + inclination.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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