Definition of Reluctant

1. Adjective. Unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom. "Loath to admit a mistake"

Exact synonyms: Loath, Loth
Similar to: Unwilling
Derivative terms: Reluctance



2. Adjective. Disinclined to become involved. "Reluctant to help"
Similar to: Disinclined
Derivative terms: Reluctance

3. Adjective. Not eager. "Fresh from college and reluctant for the moment to marry him"
Similar to: Uneager
Derivative terms: Reluctance

Definition of Reluctant

1. a. Striving against; opposed in desire; unwilling; disinclined; loth.

Definition of Reluctant

1. Adjective. (rare) Opposing; offering resistance (to). ¹

2. Adjective. Not wanting to take some action; unwilling. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Reluctant

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Reluctant

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reluctant (current term)
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Literary usage of Reluctant

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1. Argumentation and Debating by William Trufant Foster (1917)
"Is the authority reluctant ? Testimony which is given reluctantly is especially valuable because ... Even a reluctant authority may have ulterior .motives. ..."

2. The Law of Receiverships: As Established and Applied in the United States by John Wilson Smith (1897)
"Courts reluctant to appoint where legal title involved. Courts are reluctant in appointing a receiver on behalf of a judgment creditor over real estate ..."

3. History of the United Netherlands: From the Death of William the Silent to by John Lothrop Motley (1861)
"... Ho is reluctant to hear of tho Obstacles — and imagines Parma in England —But Alexander's Difficulties are great — He denounces Philip's wild Schemes ..."

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