from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Unwilling or reluctant: They were usually disinclined to socialize.

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  • adj. not inclined; having a disinclination; being unwilling
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of disincline.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. unwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval


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  • Cornyn said he is "disinclined" to support any tax increases as part of a defict reduction package.

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  • As for his own future, Mr. Cooper said he's received a number of calls urging him to challenge State Senator Carl Marcellino, but said he's "disinclined" toward such a run.

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  • It became kind of disinclined to really make any sacrifices.

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  • And a CIA analyst with direct knowledge of the case said that the returned scientist had become the centre of a propaganda war and that the agency was "disinclined" to remain silent while Tehran scored points against Washington.

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  • Outgoing Council President Scott Peters said he doesn't think San Diego faces imminent bankruptcy, and is "disinclined" to support Aguirre's recommendation to hire the law firm.

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  • (Said plan honestly doesn't sound that bad to me, but I'm just kind of disinclined to trust the dude) Pickens was just another obscure billionaire who looked like a heavily made-up Tom Wilkinson and was an ardent Bush Ranger up until a few years ago, when his debut in the public consciousness - long before he realized that all cars should run on clean national gas (he knows a guy who can get you a deal) (a guy named T. Boone Pickens, be-otch) and that wind farms (cf previous parentheses) were the way to go - came via his donation of

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  • A stunning number of slaves agreed with their masters that they were biologically disinclined to work.

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  • The bill was intended to give the Obama Administration leverage (which the White House seems quite disinclined to use) in continuing talks with Beijing about China's manipulation of its currency.

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  • And someone on that walk may be disinclined, if not unable, to make the distinction between the Yalie whose father went to Yale and the Yalie whose father was a dry cleaner.

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  • Kelly keeps a Facebook page, but explains that he is disinclined to post regular bulletins on his wife's progress or second-guess medical opinion.

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