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reluctant

[ri-luhk-tuh nt] /rɪˈlʌk tənt/
adjective
1.
unwilling; disinclined:
a reluctant candidate.
2.
struggling in opposition.
Origin of reluctant
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin reluctant- (stem of reluctāns), present participle of reluctārī. See reluct, -ant
Related forms
reluctantly, adverb
half-reluctant, adjective
half-reluctantly, adverb
unreluctant, adjective
unreluctantly, adverb
Can be confused
reluctant, reticent (see synonym study at the current entry)
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.
Antonyms
1. willing.
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  • reluctantly he uncorked the crusted bottle, and filled a glass.

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  • The youth sat down as directed, but reluctantly and with diffidence.

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  • reluctantly I moved away with her from the merry throng upon the pavilion floor.

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  • reluctantly, apathetically, the Leopard Woman's men got to their feet.

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  • Only the glad news that the circus trains had reached town finally dragged them reluctantly away.

British Dictionary definitions for reluctantly

reluctant

/rɪˈlʌktənt/
adjective
1.
not eager; unwilling; disinclined
2.
(archaic) offering resistance or opposition
Derived Forms
reluctantly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin reluctārī to resist; see reluct
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Word Origin and History for reluctantly

reluctant

adj.

"unwilling," 1660s, from Latin reluctantem (nominative reluctans), present participle of reluctari (see reluctance). Related: Reluctantly. Cf. Spanish reluchante, Italian riluttante.

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