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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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