reluctant

[ri-luhk-tuhnt]
adjective
1.
unwilling; disinclined: a reluctant candidate.
2.
struggling in opposition.

Origin:
1655–65; < Latin reluctant- (stem of reluctāns), present participle of reluctārī. See reluct, -ant

reluctantly, adverb
half-reluctant, adjective
half-reluctantly, adverb
unreluctant, adjective
unreluctantly, adverb

1. reluctant, reticent (see synonym study at the current entry) ; 2. reticent, reluctant.


1. Reluctant, loath, averse describe disinclination toward something. Reluctant implies some sort of mental struggle, as between disinclination and sense of duty: reluctant to expel students. Loath describes extreme disinclination: loath to part from a friend. Averse used with to and a noun or a gerund, describes a long-held dislike or unwillingness, though not a particularly strong feeling: averse to an idea; averse to getting up early.


1. willing.
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reluctant (rɪˈlʌktənt)
 
adj
1.  not eager; unwilling; disinclined
2.  archaic offering resistance or opposition
 
[C17: from Latin reluctārī to resist; see reluct]
 
re'luctantly
 
adv

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reluctant
"unwilling," 1660s, from L. reluctantem, prp. of reluctari (see reluctance). Related: Reluctantly.
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Example sentences
Farmers may be reluctant to cut their sales, and consumers may be unwilling to
  pay higher milk prices.
Patient is reluctant or unwilling to provide reference information and usually
  has no regular doctor or health insurance.
Any reluctant reader can be turned on with science books.
Even a century after the trial, the town was reluctant to speak of it.
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