- unwilling; disinclined: a reluctant candidate.
- struggling in opposition.
Origin of reluctant
Synonyms for reluctant
Antonyms for reluctant
Examples from the Web for unreluctantly
Historical Examples of unreluctantly
The vicomte's allies drew away, not unreluctantly; and the two engaged.The Grey Cloak
He gives it me unreluctantly, I know, but I am always loth to apply to him.New Grub Street
Now I know—my heart knows it, for it has felt it—that she resigns herself to me unreluctantly.
A magistrate is wanted; they will, in time, invest him with the office voluntarily and unreluctantly.
Leslie looked off in front of her to verify the statement, and unreluctantly settled down on the little sofa to rest awhile.Aurora the Magnificent
- not eager; unwilling; disinclined
- archaic offering resistance or opposition
Word Origin for reluctant
Word Origin and History for unreluctantly
"unwilling," 1660s, from Latin reluctantem (nominative reluctans), present participle of reluctari (see reluctance). Related: Reluctantly. Cf. Spanish reluchante, Italian riluttante.