1655–65; < Latinreluctant- (stem of reluctāns), present participle of reluctārī. See reluct, -ant
Related formsre·luc·tant·ly, adverbhalf-re·luc·tant, adjectivehalf-re·luc·tant·ly, adverbun·re·luc·tant, adjectiveun·re·luc·tant·ly, adverbCan be confusedreluctantreticent (see synonym study at the current entry)reticentreluctant
Synonyms 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.