Origin of reluctant
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|Marlow Stern|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|David Freedlander|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Even the American colleagues on site, they didn't believe it was going to work and they were reluctant,” he says.
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?|Jamie Dettmer|September 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Clearly they did not, and nothing remained but reluctant apology and reconciliation.Years of My Youth|William Dean Howells
He served his full term, and at its close the people were reluctant to part with him.Thirty Years in the Itinerancy|Wesson Gage Miller
I have been warned, said Mr. Merrick, reluctant, yet with redoubled dignity.Paths of Judgement|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
The Wellington quivered and trembled for a moment as though it were reluctant to leave the safety of English soil.Dave Dawson with the R.A.F|R. Sidney Bowen
It was a demonstration of the impossibility of an invasion which convinced those who were most reluctant to be convinced.
British Dictionary definitions for reluctant
Word Origin for reluctant
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.