Origin: 1655–65; < Latinreluctant- (stem of reluctāns), present participle of reluctārī. See reluct, -ant
Can be confused: 1. reluctant, reticent (see synonym study at the current entry) ; 2. reticent, reluctant.
Synonyms 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.