< Latin reluctant-
(stem of reluctāns
), present participle of reluctārī.
reluctantly, adverbhalf-reluctant, adjectivehalf-reluctantly, adverbunreluctant, adjectiveunreluctantly, adverb
Can be confused
(see synonym study at the current entry)reticent
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.