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verb (used with or without object), dis·in·clined, dis·in·clin·ing.
  1. to make or be averse or unwilling: Your rudeness disinclines me to grant your request.
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Origin of disincline

First recorded in 1640–50; dis-1 + incline
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Related Words for disincline

hinder, prevent, inhibit, frighten, curb, impede, scare, dismay, discourage, dispirit, humble, deter, deject, daunt, demoralize, humiliate, thwart, faze, warn, divert

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Historical Examples of disincline

  • I had heard so many stories of his making "dead sets" at new acquaintances as to disincline me to become one.

    John Leech, His Life and Work, Vol. II (of II)

    William Powell Frith

  • The Romans usually had enough to do at home to disincline them from bothering themselves too much with the religion of the Jews.

    A Layman's Life of Jesus

    Samuel H. M. Byers

  • At the same time he denounced the authors, so as to disincline the reader to look into their pages for the D'Israelian plagiaries.

  • A man may love oysters, but too many oysters will disincline him toward that particular diet.

  • The water was so warm as at first to disincline one to enter it, but by degrees the sensation became far from unpleasant.

British Dictionary definitions for disincline


  1. to make or be unwilling, reluctant, or averse
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Derived Formsdisinclination (ˌdɪsɪnklɪˈneɪʃən), noun
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Word Origin and History for disincline


1640s, from dis- + incline (v.). Related: Disinclined; disinclining.

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