Dictionary.com

reluctant

[ ri-luhk-tuhnt ]
/ rɪˈlʌk tənt /
Save This Word!

adjective
unwilling; disinclined: a reluctant candidate.
struggling in opposition.
QUIZ
SPRINT TO THE FINISH WITH THIS OLYMPICS QUIZ!
Compete in our Olympics quiz to see if you can take home the gold medal in Olympics knowledge.
Question 1 of 10
Where was the Olympics first held?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of reluctant

First recorded in 1655–65; from Latin reluctant- (stem of reluctāns ), present participle of reluctārī; see reluct, -ant

synonym study for 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.

OTHER WORDS FROM reluctant

re·luc·tant·ly, adverbhalf-re·luc·tant, adjectiveun·re·luc·tant, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH reluctant

reluctant , reticent
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use reluctant in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for reluctant

reluctant
/ (rɪˈlʌktənt) /

adjective
not eager; unwilling; disinclined
archaic offering resistance or opposition

Derived forms of reluctant

reluctantly, adverb

Word Origin for reluctant

C17: from Latin reluctārī to resist; see reluct
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK