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From the Ancient Greek roots καινός (kainós, new) or καινότης (kainótēs, newness) +‎ -phobia.


cainophobia (uncountable)

  1. The fear of newness and/or of things that are new.
    Synonym: neophobia
    • 1962, Liberal Education, volume 48, page 518:
      It is not by means of a social xenophobia and cainophobia that we shall succeed in junking our sawdust goals but only by a sincere and passionate openness to new experience.
    • 2002 September 4, maf1029 [username], “Re: Homosexuals have phobias”, in alt.politics.homosexuality[1] (Usenet):
      Sounds like a raging case of cainophobia with a large side helping of gnosiophobia.
    • 2009, Bruce I. Reiner, “The Challenges, Opportunities, and Imperative of Structured Reporting in Medical Imaging”, in Journal of Digital Imaging:
      The question to ask is whether this free text fixation is the result of report optimization, inertia, or cainophobia.