Definition of disinclination in English:



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

    ‘Lucy felt a strong disinclination to talk about her engagement’
    • ‘But in him the disinclination runs particularly deep.’
    • ‘In politics there was little to commend a disinclination to cause offence.’
    • ‘Hounds that show a disinclination to kill are kicked or whipped as punishment, and may later be put down.’
    • ‘There was a tendency to abuse freedom, and a disinclination to accept systems.’
    • ‘When the mutated genes were inherited, the disinclination towards wealth exposure passed on.’
    • ‘The disinclination of the vendor to part with his land and the urgent necessity of the purchaser to buy must alike be disregarded.’
    • ‘One strength of intellectual life is the disinclination to develop easy answers.’
    • ‘His disinclination matters more in international arenas than in domestic politics.’
    • ‘Another is a disinclination to use his ears where musical influence is concerned.’
    • ‘She reports a disinclination to continue with her crafts and seems predisposed to a bit of lethargy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I don't mind, since I lack what some presume is a male disinclination to matters domestic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The weapons' effects should result in either physical inability or mental disinclination to resist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If this is true, then the natural disinclination to talk has gone too far.’
    • ‘As a consequence, many have shown a disinclination to embrace the president's program.’
    • ‘It is not just that there is a disinclination to believe what is put in front of us.’
    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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