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reluctant

[ ri-luhk-tuhnt ]
/ rɪˈlʌk tənt /
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adjective
unwilling; disinclined: a reluctant candidate.
struggling in opposition.

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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
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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
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