- unwilling; disinclined: a reluctant candidate.
- struggling in opposition.
Origin of reluctant
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Examples from the Web for reluctant
I was reluctant to ask anything too specific, because I felt like I would be asking for trouble!Christopher Nolan Uncut: On ‘Interstellar,’ Ben Affleck’s Batman, and the Future of Mankind
November 10, 2014
And if candidates on the ballot this year are reluctant to campaign alongside Sanders, they are not shy about taking his money.Bernie Sanders Is Showing Us the Socialist Way to Run for President
November 3, 2014
“Even the American colleagues on site, they didn't believe it was going to work and they were reluctant,” he says.Blood Is Ebola’s Weapon and Weakness
October 26, 2014
The British public has been reluctant to get involved again in a Middle Eastern war, just as the American public was.Will The Latest ISIS Beheading Move Britain To Tougher Action?
September 14, 2014
Is there any recent precedent for a reluctant but strong warrior in Republican politics?The Secret to Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy: His Father
W. James Antle III
September 12, 2014
They both said that they were reluctant to send him to prison.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
Yes, his voice was reluctant; but he went at once towards the house and disappeared.A Spirit in Prison
The Hermit is silent; for, as we have said, he is reluctant in making such confessions.The Book of Khalid
When the price of wool is high, the farmers are too reluctant to sell off their sheep, and thus become liable to an overstock.
But such disturbers of the order of thought Hegel is reluctant to acknowledge.Sophist
- not eager; unwilling; disinclined
- archaic offering resistance or opposition
Word Origin and History for reluctant
"unwilling," 1660s, from Latin reluctantem (nominative reluctans), present participle of reluctari (see reluctance). Related: Reluctantly. Cf. Spanish reluchante, Italian riluttante.