- unwilling; disinclined: a reluctant candidate.
- struggling in opposition.
Origin of reluctant
Synonyms for reluctant
Antonyms for reluctant
Examples from the Web for unreluctant
Historical Examples of unreluctant
A man sprang after her and caught her, unreluctant, in his arms.Marjorie
Justin Huntly McCarthy
Some go down to it unreluctant, and meet it, like the river, not without nobility.Letters from America
He unveils the mysteries of iniquity with a fearless and by no means an unreluctant hand.The College, the Market, and the Court
Caroline H. Dall
Emily, on her part, was disposed to yield an unreluctant obedience, and therefore it was not difficult to restrain her.Caleb Williams
As he spoke he placed some money in her unreluctant hand, and returned on his way home.The Evil Eye; Or, The Black Spector
- not eager; unwilling; disinclined
- archaic offering resistance or opposition
Word Origin for reluctant
"unwilling," 1660s, from Latin reluctantem (nominative reluctans), present participle of reluctari (see reluctance). Related: Reluctantly. Cf. Spanish reluchante, Italian riluttante.