[dis-in-kluh-ney-shuh n, dis-in-]


the absence of inclination; reluctance; unwillingness.

Origin of disinclination

First recorded in 1640–50; dis-1 + inclination
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Contemporary Examples of disinclination

  • So, however, does a disinclination to live at the margins, on the edge, with the unexpected.

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    Dreams of His Mother

    Stacy Schiff

    May 3, 2011

  • Too many in the opinion world have a disinclination to call out their own side.

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    Glenn Beck's Toxic Legacy

    Howard Kurtz

    April 11, 2011

Historical Examples of disinclination

  • 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

Word Origin and History for disinclination

1640s; see dis- + inclination.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper