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
Increasingly, if reluctantly, there seems to be a growing awareness that
  nothing in existence stands alone.
They are only reluctantly responsive, and you often find yourself repeating an
  unheeded command.
And it's always good to have a cynical cop around, reluctantly helping while
  being cranky about it.
He was trotted out on all the talk shows and asked to express his views in
  crisp sound bites, which he did somewhat reluctantly.
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