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Reluctant; unwilling.

grudg′ing·ly adv.
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(ˈgrʌdʒ ɪŋ)

displaying reluctance or unwillingness: grudging acceptance.
grudg′ing•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.grudging - of especially an attitude; "gave grudging consent"; "grudging acceptance of his opponent's victory"
unwilling - not disposed or inclined toward; "an unwilling assistant"; "unwilling to face facts"
2.grudging - petty or reluctant in giving or spending; "a niggardly tip"
stingy, ungenerous - unwilling to spend; "she practices economy without being stingy"; "an ungenerous response to the appeal for funds"
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adjective reluctant, unwilling, hesitant, unenthusiastic, half-hearted He even earned his opponent's grudging respect.
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[ˈgrʌdʒɪŋ] ADJ [attitude, praise] → reticente
he earned the grudging admiration/respect of his rivalsse ganó, aunque con reticencias, el respeto/la admiración de sus rivales
she gave us a grudging apologyse disculpó de mala gana or a regañadientes
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[ˈgrʌdʒɪŋ] adj (= reluctant) [respect, acceptance, admiration, approval] → accordé(e) à contre-cœur
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adj respect, admiration, consent, approval, supportwiderwillig; attitudeunwillig; applausesparsam; apologywiderwillig gegeben; we have a grudging attitude to spending moneyes widerstrebt uns, Geld auszugeben; to do something in a grudging wayetw nur widerwillig tun; he was grudging about her talenter nahm ihr Talent nur widerwillig zur Kenntnis; to be grudging in one’s support for somethingetw nur widerwillig unterstützen
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[ˈgrʌdʒɪŋ] adj (praise, respect) → dato/a a malincuore
she gave him her grudging support → gli ha dato a malincuore il suo appoggio
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(gradʒ) verb
1. to be unwilling to do, give etc; to do, give etc unwillingly. I grudge wasting time on this, but I suppose I'll have to do it; She grudges the dog even the little food she gives it.
2. to feel resentment against (someone) for. I grudge him his success.
a feeling of anger etc. He has a grudge against me.
ˈgrudging adjective
said, done etc unwillingly. grudging admiration.
ˈgrudgingly adverb
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References in periodicals archive ?
While I am a fan of moving on and forgetting I definitely never 100 per cent forgive anyone, I think being cautious or somewhat grudging is a good thing.
Responding to claims by a Sydney-based imam that Australia will be a Muslim nation in five decades, Danna Vale, a member of Prime Minister John Howard's ruling coalition, expressed grudging agreement.
Their mother has gone off on one of her "vacations," and their older sister has decided to emigrate, leaving them in the grudging care of an aunt.