reluctant


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re·luc·tant

 (rĭ-lŭk′tənt)
adj.
1. Unwilling; disinclined: reluctant to help.
2. Exhibiting or marked by unwillingness: reluctant cooperation.
3. Archaic Offering resistance; opposing.

[Latin reluctāns, reluctant-, present participle of reluctārī, to reluct; see reluct.]

re·luc′tant·ly adv.

reluctant

(rɪˈlʌktənt)
adj
1. not eager; unwilling; disinclined
2. archaic offering resistance or opposition
[C17: from Latin reluctārī to resist; see reluct]
reˈluctantly adv

re•luc•tant

(rɪˈlʌk tənt)

adj.
1. unwilling; disinclined: a reluctant candidate.
2. marked by hesitation or slowness because of unwillingness: a reluctant promise.
[1655–65; < Latin reluctant-, s. of reluctāns, present participle of reluctārī. See reluct, -ant]
re•luc′tant•ly, adv.
syn: 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 describes a long-held dislike or unwillingness, though not a particularly strong feeling: averse to an idea; averse to getting up early.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.reluctant - unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom; "a reluctant smile"; "loath to admit a mistake"
unwilling - not disposed or inclined toward; "an unwilling assistant"; "unwilling to face facts"
2.reluctant - disinclined to become involved; "they were usually reluctant to socialize"; "reluctant to help"
disinclined - unwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval; "disinclined to say anything to anybody"
3.reluctant - not eager; "foreigners stubbornly reluctant to accept our ways"; "fresh from college and reluctant for the moment to marry him"
uneager - lacking interest or spirit or animation; "decrepit, colorless uneager things"

reluctant

adjective unwilling, slow, backward, grudging, hesitant, averse, recalcitrant, loath, disinclined, unenthusiastic, indisposed He was reluctant to ask for help.
willing, keen, eager, enthusiastic, inclined
Usage: Reticent is quite commonly used nowadays as a synonym of reluctant and followed by to and a verb. In careful writing it is advisable to avoid this use, since many people would regard it as mistaken.

reluctant

adjective
Not inclined or willing to do or undertake:
Translations
مـُمَانِعمُمانِع، غَيْر راغِب
neochotnýzdráhavý
modvilliguvillig
vastahakoinenhaluton
nesklon
tregur, ófús
いやいやながらの
마음이 내키지 않는
negribīgs
zdráhavý
nevoljen
motvillig
ไม่เต็มใจ
miễn cưỡng

reluctant

[rɪˈlʌktənt] ADJ [person] → reacio, reticente, renuente (frm); [praise] → a regañadientes
the case was hampered by reluctant witnessestestigos reacios a colaborar obstaculizaron el caso
I would make a reluctant secretaryyo trabajaría como secretario con desgana or a regañadientes
the reluctant dragonel dragón que no quería
he indicated his reluctant acceptance of the proposalsindicó que aceptaba las propuestas con reservas
he left with Bernstein's reluctant consentse fue con el consentimiento que Bernstein le había dado a regañadientes or muy a su pesar
he took the reluctant decision to stop productiontomó la decisión, muy a su pesar, de parar la producción
to be reluctant to do sth: she was reluctant to ask for helpse mostraba reacia a pedir ayuda
we were reluctant to sell the houseéramos reacios a vender la casa, nos resistíamos a vender la casa

reluctant

[rɪˈlʌktənt] adj [person] → réticent(e)
to be reluctant to do sth → être réticent(e) à faire qch, répugner à faire qch
They were reluctant to help us → Ils étaient réticents à nous aider., Ils répugnaient à nous aider.

reluctant

adjunwillig, widerwillig; admission, consent, praisewiderwillig; he is reluctant to do ites widerstrebt ihm, es zu tun; I’m reluctant to go, as he may not even be thereich gehe nur ungern, denn er ist vielleicht nicht einmal da; he seems reluctant to admit iter scheint es nicht zugeben zu wollen; he is a reluctant soldier/studenter ist nur widerwillig Soldat/Student; “reluctant sale”„Notverkauf“

reluctant

[rɪˈlʌktənt] adj (person) → riluttante, restio/a; (praise, consent) → concesso/a a malincuore
to be reluctant to do sth → essere restio a fare qc

reluctant

(rəˈlaktənt) adjective
unwilling. He was reluctant to accept the medal for his bravery.
reˈluctantly adverb
reˈluctance noun
I don't understand his reluctance to go.

reluctant

مـُمَانِع neochotný modvillig widerwillig απρόθυμος reacio vastahakoinen réticent nesklon riluttante いやいやながらの 마음이 내키지 않는 onwillig motvillig niechętny relutante неохотный motvillig ไม่เต็มใจ gönülsüz miễn cưỡng 勉强的

reluctant

a. renuente; resistente; contrario-a.
References in classic literature ?
The good woman is reluctant to quit her occupation of baking cakes for the evening meal; but acknowledging the primary importance of securing the herds and flocks, she puts on her sheep-skin mantle; and, addressing a stranger who rests half reclined on a bed of rushes near the hearth, bids him mind the bread till her return.
He took his hat and went out, with a dragging, reluctant step.
Katavasov went back to his own carriage, and with reluctant hypocrisy reported to Sergey Ivanovitch his observations of the volunteers, from which it would appear that they were capital fellows.
said I, for he was gazing intently at the shrubs, as if he saw it coming, and I was reluctant to leave him, in my new-found happiness and revival of hope and love.
Evidently he was reluctant to take his final cross- bearings of this earth for a Departure on the only voyage to an unknown destination a sailor ever undertakes.
He did not care himself about spending money, and was not reluctant to give it.
They did not work for bosses, but spectacularly and magnificently, with their own might, grappled with the great world and wrung splendid living from its reluctant hands.
Gathering himself quickly up, he stood more erect, like a man taken by surprise in a mood to which he was reluctant to have witnesses.
The feeble fingers were never idle, and one of her pleasures was to make little things for the school children daily passing to and fro, to drop a pair of mittens from her window for a pair of purple hands, a needlebook for some small mother of many dolls, penwipers for young penmen toiling through forests of pothooks, scrapbooks for picture-loving eyes, and all manner of pleasant devices, till the reluctant climbers of the ladder of learning found their way strewn with flowers, as it were, and came to regard the gentle giver as a sort of fairy godmother, who sat above there, and showered down gifts miraculously suited to their tastes and needs.
It hardly moved my compassion - it appalled me: still, I felt reluctant to quit him so.
Elizabeth tried to join in her father's pleasantry, but could only force one most reluctant smile.
The road from the chapel to the shore, just one mile in length, was crowded with women and children; who, on their knees, greeted them as they passed with their tears and their blessings, while the prisoners advanced with slow and reluctant steps, weeping, praying, and singing hymns.