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  1. lacking desire or willingness; unwilling; averse: I'm disinclined to go to the movies tonight.
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Origin of disinclined

First recorded in 1640–50; disincline + -ed2


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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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  • Doubtless, too, he would be tired after his journey and disinclined for such a function.

    People of Position

    Stanley Portal Hyatt

  • Brown was thinking, and Atkins seemed moody and disinclined to talk.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I do not recollect any other occasion on which I found him disinclined to talk.

    The Island Mystery

    George A. Birmingham

  • It was rather late and our bookman was disinclined to seek a restaurant.

  • Those who had hesitated in their patronage of the poet were not disinclined to aid the painter.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

British Dictionary definitions for disinclined


  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 disinclined



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

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