- 1Unwillingness or disinclination to do something: she sensed his reluctance to continueMore example sentences
unwillingness, disinclination, lack of enthusiasm; hesitation, hesitance, hesitancy, diffidence, timidity, timorousness, trepidation, backwardness (in coming forward); demurral, wavering, vacillation, foot-dragging, resistance; doubts, second thoughts, scruples, qualms, pangs of conscience, misgivings• archaic disrelish
- This may be because of misconceptions among patients and reluctance among patients to use inhalers.
- She did so with reluctance certain that her urgent plea would go unanswered.
- If the findings are accurate, our reluctance to travel by airplane is abating.