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Synonyms of reluctant in English:


  • 1 she persuaded her reluctant parents to buy her a cat
    unwilling, disinclined, unenthusiastic, grudging, resistant, resisting, opposed, antipathetic;
    [Antonyms] willing, eager
  • 2 Hilary gave a reluctant smile
    shy, bashful, coy, retiring, diffident, reserved, restrained, withdrawn, shrinking, timid, timorous, sheepish, unconfident, insecure, unsure, suspicious, unassertive;
    apprehensive, fearful
    rare costive
    [Antonyms] eager, ready
  • 3 the man was reluctant to leave
    [Antonyms] willing, eager, ready
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