Definition of disinclination in English:



  • [in singular] A reluctance or lack of enthusiasm:

    ‘Lucy felt a strong disinclination to talk about her engagement’
    • ‘Trying the cigarettes, which I did mainly to impress a girl, only confirmed the disinclination I felt in the first place.’
    • ‘And yet she doesn't think that the disinclination towards marriage today has much to do with broken homes or no great love.’
    • ‘Another is a disinclination to use his ears where musical influence is concerned.’
    • ‘His disinclination matters more in international arenas than in domestic politics.’
    • ‘I don't mind, since I lack what some presume is a male disinclination to matters domestic.’
    • ‘The disinclination of the vendor to part with his land and the urgent necessity of the purchaser to buy must alike be disregarded.’
    • ‘There was a tendency to abuse freedom, and a disinclination to accept systems.’
    • ‘She reports a disinclination to continue with her crafts and seems predisposed to a bit of lethargy.’
    • ‘Hounds that show a disinclination to kill are kicked or whipped as punishment, and may later be put down.’
    • ‘But in him the disinclination runs particularly deep.’
    • ‘This was partly due to a growing disinclination to lock up convicted offenders, and partly to the decreasing ability of the police to clear up crimes.’
    • ‘As a consequence, many have shown a disinclination to embrace the president's program.’
    • ‘If this is true, then the natural disinclination to talk has gone too far.’
    • ‘He could have been no one, just a stranger, just a classmate, just one of Eva's numerous ex-boyfriends, just a person who I had no particular inclination or disinclination for.’
    • ‘Later their son was to display a similar disinclination to lengthy relationships.’
    • ‘In politics there was little to commend a disinclination to cause offence.’
    • ‘When the mutated genes were inherited, the disinclination towards wealth exposure passed on.’
    • ‘It is not just that there is a disinclination to believe what is put in front of us.’
    • ‘The weapons' effects should result in either physical inability or mental disinclination to resist.’
    • ‘One strength of intellectual life is the disinclination to develop easy answers.’
    reluctance, unwillingness, lack of enthusiasm, indisposition, slowness, hesitancy, hesitance, diffidence
    loathness, aversion, dislike, distaste
    objection, demur, resistance, opposition, recalcitrance
    nolition, sweerness
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