- unwilling; disinclined: a reluctant candidate.
- struggling in opposition.
Origin of reluctant
SynonymsSee more synonyms for reluctant on Thesaurus.com
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.
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Examples from the Web for 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
C17: from Latin reluctārī to resist; see reluct
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper