Definition of reluctant in English:

reluctant

Syllabification: re·luc·tant
Pronunciation: /rəˈləktənt
 
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adjective

Unwilling and hesitant; disinclined: [with infinitive]: she seemed reluctant to discuss the matter
More example sentences
  • 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?
Synonyms
unwilling, disinclined, unenthusiastic, resistant, resisting, opposed; hesitantshy, bashful, coy, diffident, reserved, timid, timorousloath to, unwilling to, disinclined to, indisposed to; not in favor of, against, opposed to

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'.

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.

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