- Unwilling and hesitant; disinclined: [with infinitive]: she seemed reluctant to answerMore example sentences
unwilling, disinclined, unenthusiastic, grudging, resistant, resisting, opposed, antipathetic; hesitantshy, bashful, coy, retiring, diffident, reserved, restrained, withdrawn, shrinking, timid, timorous, sheepish, unconfident, insecure, unsure, suspicious, unassertive; apprehensive, fearful• rare costiveloath, unwilling, disinclined, not in the mood, indisposed, sorry, averse, slow; chary of, not in favour of, against, opposed to; hesitant about, diffident about, bashful about, shy about, coy about; ashamed to, afraid to
- 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'.