loath, loth, reluctant(adj)
unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom
"a reluctant smile"; "loath to admit a mistake"
disinclined to become involved
"they were usually reluctant to socialize"; "reluctant to help"
"foreigners stubbornly reluctant to accept our ways"; "fresh from college and reluctant for the moment to marry him"
Opposing; offering resistance (to).
Not wanting to take some action; unwilling.
She was reluctant to lend him the money
striving against; opposed in desire; unwilling; disinclined; loth
proceeding from an unwilling mind; granted with reluctance; as, reluctant obedience
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rē-luk′tant, adj. struggling or striving against: unwilling: disinclined.—v.i. Rēluct′, to make resistance.—ns. Reluc′tance, Reluc′tancy, state of being reluctant: unwillingness.—adv. Reluc′tantly.—v.i. Reluc′tāte, to be reluctant.—n. Reluctā′tion, repugnance. [L. reluctans, -antis, pr.p. of reluctāri—re-, against, luctāri, to struggle.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'reluctant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4395
Rank popularity for the word 'reluctant' in Adjectives Frequency: #595
The numerical value of reluctant in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of reluctant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
A miser is a person who is reluctant to spend and saves for those who will bury him.
I am reluctant to do any major online purchases for fear that someone will just take my money and disappear.
You have spent many lives and much treasure to bring freedom to many lands that were reluctant to receive it. And here you have a people who won it by themselves and need only the help to preserve it.
(M)ost of the discussions do not give any hope of improvement in this respect because political actors or groups, the government in particular, are reluctant to recognize their responsibility in Ozgecan’s murder.
When Laura Poitras asked me if she could film our encounters, I was extremely reluctant, i'm grateful that I allowed her to persuade me. The result is a brave and brilliant film that deserves the honor and recognition it has received.
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Translations for reluctant
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- neochotný, zdráhajícíCzech
- zögernd, widerwilligGerman
- renuente, reacioSpanish
- vastahakoinen, halutonFinnish
- réfractaire, rétif, réservé, réticentFrench
- aindeònach, leisgScottish Gaelic
- neuarryltagh, neuwooiaghManx
- manauhea, whakawhēuaua, whakakumuMāori
- motviljug, motvilligNorwegian Nynorsk
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