disinclined


disinclined
disinclined adj Disinclined, indisposed, hesitant, reluctant, loath, averse mean manifesting neither the will nor the desire to do or to have anything to do with something indicated or understood.
Disinclined implies a lack of taste or inclination for something for which one has no natural bent or which meets one's disapproval
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I should not be disinclined to go to London, did I know anybody there— Richardson

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disinclined to come to real grips with the vexed question of public control in industry— Cohen

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he was preoccupied and disinclined for sociability

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Indisposed implies an unfavorable or often a hostile or unsympathetic attitude
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unfit to rule and indisposed to please— Crabbe

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indisposed to take part in the feasting and dancing— Hardy

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Hesitant suggests a holding back through fear, distaste, uncertainty, or irresolution
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she was hesitant to accept the invitation

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hesitant in seeking advice

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a hesitant suitor

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hesitant about spending the money required to build an experimental plant— Griffin

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Reluctant adds to hesitant a definite resistance or sense of unwillingness
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I was simply persuading a frightened and reluctant girl to do the straight and decent and difficult thing— Rose Macaulay

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people were reluctant to charge a dead man with an offense from which he could not clear himself— Whartony

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reluctant to expose those silent and beautiful places to vulgar curiosity— Cather

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Reluctant is also applied directly to the thing which is done reluctantly or to a thing which seems reluctant
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the constant strain of bringing back a reluctant and bored attention— Russell

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they wring from reluctant soil food enough to keep . . . alive— Repplier

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Loath stresses the lack of harmony between something one anticipates doing and his likes or dislikes, tastes or distastes, or sympathies or antipathies; thus, a tender person may be loath to punish a refractory child but a strict disciplinarian would be loath to allow that child to go unpunished; one may be loath to believe a well-founded report that discredits a friend and equally loath to disbelieve a rumor that confirms his bad opinion of a person
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loath to publish translations of anything except our surefire sex-and-mayhem fiction— Whyte

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Averse suggests a turning away from something distasteful or repugnant
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averse to all advice

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his impulses were generous, trustful, averse from cruelty— J. R. Green

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Analogous words: *antipathetic, unsympathetic: opposing, resisting (see RESIST): balking, shying, boggling, sticking, stickling (see DEMUR): objecting, protesting (see OBJECT vb)
Contrasted words: *eager, avid, keen, anxious: inclined, disposed, predisposed (see INCLINE vb)

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  • disinclined — I adjective adverse, against, antagonistic, antipathetic, antipathetical, averse, aversus, balking, contrary, counter, demurring, disaffected, dissenting, dissident, faltering, grudging, hesitant, indisposed, laggard, loath, noncooperating, not… …   Law dictionary

  • disinclined — [adj] unwilling afraid, antipathetic, averse, backward, balking, doubtful, dubious, hesitating, indisposed, loath, not in the mood*, objecting, opposed, protesting, reluctant, resistant, shy, shying, slow, sticking, uneager, unsympathetic;… …   New thesaurus

  • disinclined — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ reluctant; unwilling …   English terms dictionary

  • disinclined — [dis΄inklīnd′] adj. unwilling; reluctant SYN. RELUCTANT …   English World dictionary

  • disinclined — adjective Date: 1647 unwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval Synonyms: disinclined, hesitant, reluctant, loath, averse mean lacking the will or desire to do something indicated. disinclined implies lack of taste for or inclination <… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • disinclined — adj. (cannot stand alone) disinclined to + inf. (he seems disinclined to put up resistance) * * * (cannot stand alone) disinclined to + int. (he seems disinclined to put up resistance) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • disinclined — [[t]dɪ̱sɪnkla͟ɪnd[/t]] ADJ: v link ADJ, usu ADJ to inf If you are disinclined to do something, you do not want to do it. [FORMAL] He was disinclined to talk about himself, especially to his students... They are disinclined to use violence because …   English dictionary

  • Disinclined — Disincline Dis in*cline , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disinclined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disinclining}.] To incline away the affections of; to excite a slight aversion in; to indispose; to make unwilling; to alienate. [1913 Webster] Careful . . . to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disinclined — dis|in|clined [ˌdısınˈklaınd] adj be/feel disinclined to do sth formal to be unwilling to do something = ↑reluctant ▪ I was disinclined to talk to Stephen about it …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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