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 ?
Scarlet with shame and anger, Amy went to and fro six dreadful times, and as each doomed couple, looking oh, so plump and juicy, fell from her reluctant hands, a shout from the street completed the anguish of the girls, for it told them that their feast was being exulted over by the little Irish children, who were their sworn foes.
I dried myself in the sun, and dressed slowly, reluctant to leave that green enclosure where the sunlight flickered so bright through the grapevine leaves and the woodpecker hammered away in the crooked elm that trailed out over the water.
As Christie and Jessie Carr looked from the windows of the coach, whose dust-clogged wheels were slowly dragging them, as if reluctant, nearer the last stage of their journey to Devil's Ford, they were conscious of a change in the landscape, which they could not entirely charge upon their changed feelings.
The maiden lady herself, sternly inhospitable in her first purposes, soon began to feel that the door ought to be shoved back, and the rusty key be turned in the reluctant lock.
My friend appeared on this ground more reluctant than I could quite understand.
The woman seemed desirous, yet reluctant, to speak, and answered, in low, mysterious tone.
This thrust did in a most sudden sort close the king's mouth, and he could offer naught to turn the argument; and so, reluctant, and full loth to do you the discourtesy, he yet prayeth you to consider his per- plexed case, as noting how the matter stands, and name the calamity -- if so be you have determined the nature of it and the time of its coming.
It is due to the noble Henry to say, he seemed almost as reluctant at leaving the prison as at leaving home to come to the prison.
She thought it in reality a sad exchange for herself, to have him with his grave looks and reluctant conversation opposed to her instead of his brother.
when a long way must yet be measured by my weary, trembling limbs before I could reach human habitation--when cold charity must be entreated before I could get a lodging: reluctant sympathy importuned, almost certain repulse incurred, before my tale could be listened to, or one of my wants relieved!
But the lady's glowed with another feeling when her friend appeared at the door: she sprang forward, took both his hands, and led him to Linton; and then she seized Linton's reluctant fingers and crushed them into his.
Hunger rattled its dry bones among the roasting chestnuts in the turned cylinder; Hunger was shred into atomics in every farthing porringer of husky chips of potato, fried with some reluctant drops of oil.