But oh, with what reluctancy did I feel myself obliged to consume time in sleep!
The two men bowed, Richard with reluctancy, the Captain with easy bonhomie.
Or he may deprive himself of some lesser advantages in life by his reluctancy in putting himself forward.
Hiding his reluctancy, Cooper left his seat and advanced toward the doorway.
1640s, "act of struggling against," from obsolete verb reluct "to struggle or rebel against" (1520s), from Latin reluctari "to struggle against, resist, make opposition," from re- "against" (see re-) + luctari "to struggle, wrestle," perhaps shares a common origin with Greek lygos "pliant twig," lygizein "to bend, twist," Old English locc "twist of hair" (see lock (n.2)). Meaning "unwillingness" is first attested 1660s. Related: Reluctancy (1620s.).