- Unwilling and hesitant; disinclined: [with infinitive]: she seemed reluctant to discuss the matterMore example sentences
- There are a lot of people, though, who would be very reluctant to let our traditional flag go.
- But people appear increasingly reluctant to intervene in public places.
- What on earth could be in our files that made them so reluctant to give us access?
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- After a lengthy plea from a social worker, the judge reluctantly agrees to allow the boy to leave.
- It is a system where some people pay, somewhat reluctantly, for the welfare of others.
- She invited some of the children into her home to paint, and they came, reluctantly.
mid 17th century (in the sense 'writhing, offering opposition'): from Latin reluctant- 'struggling against', from the verb reluctari, from re- (expressing intensive force) + luctari 'to struggle'.