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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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Examples from the Web for unreluctantly
Historical Examples
  • The vicomte's allies drew away, not unreluctantly; and the two engaged.

    The Grey Cloak Harold MacGrath
  • He gives it me unreluctantly, I know, but I am always loth to apply to him.

    New Grub Street George Gissing
  • A magistrate is wanted; they will, in time, invest him with the office voluntarily and unreluctantly.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • Leslie looked off in front of her to verify the statement, and unreluctantly settled down on the little sofa to rest awhile.

    Aurora the Magnificent Gertrude Hall
  • Now I know—my heart knows it, for it has felt it—that she resigns herself to me unreluctantly.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
British Dictionary definitions for unreluctantly

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 unreluctantly

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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