Definition of reluctant in English:

reluctant

Line breaks: re|luc¦tant
Pronunciation: /rɪˈlʌkt(ə)nt
 
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adjective

Derivatives

reluctantly

adverb
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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'.

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