Unwilling and hesitant; disinclined: [with infinitive]: she seemed reluctant to answer
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- 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?
shy, bashful, coy, retiring, diffident, reserved, restrained, withdrawn, shrinking, timid, timorous, sheepish, unconfident, insecure, unsure, suspicious, unassertive;
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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- 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.