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unwilling; reluctant: She was loath to go.
Not to be confused with:
loathe – abominate; hate: They loathe each other.
loathalso loth (lōth, lōth)
Unwilling or reluctant; disinclined: I am loath to go on such short notice.
[Middle English loth, displeasing, loath, from Old English lāth, hateful, loathsome.]
1. (usually foll by to) reluctant or unwilling
2. nothing loath willing
[Old English lāth (in the sense: hostile); related to Old Norse leithr]
ˈloathness, ˈlothness n
or loth(loʊθ, loʊð)
unwilling; reluctant: to be loath to admit a mistake.
[before 900; Middle English loth, lath, Old English lāth hostile, hateful, c. Old Saxon lēth, Old High German leid, Old Norse leithr]
syn: See reluctant.
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|Adj.||1.||loath - 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.||loath - (usually followed by `to') strongly opposed; "antipathetic to new ideas"; "averse to taking risks"; "loath to go on such short notice"; "clearly indisposed to grant their request"|
disinclined - unwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval; "disinclined to say anything to anybody"