Definitions for reluctantrɪˈlʌk tənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•luc•tant*rɪˈlʌk tənt(adj.)

  1. unwilling; disinclined:

    a reluctant candidate.

  2. marked by hesitation or slowness because of unwillingness:

    a reluctant promise.

* 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.

Origin of reluctant:

1655–65; < L reluctant-, s. of reluctāns, prp. of reluctārī. See reluct , -ant


Princeton's WordNet

  1. loath, loth, reluctant(adj)

    unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom

    "a reluctant smile"; "loath to admit a mistake"

  2. reluctant(adj)

    disinclined to become involved

    "they were usually reluctant to socialize"; "reluctant to help"

  3. reluctant(adj)

    not eager

    "foreigners stubbornly reluctant to accept our ways"; "fresh from college and reluctant for the moment to marry him"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. reluctant(adjective)ɪˈlʌk tənt

    unwilling to do sth

    a reluctant smile; I'm reluctant to tell anyone yet.; her reluctance to admit she was wrong


  1. reluctant(Adjective)

    Opposing; offering resistance (to).

  2. reluctant(Adjective)

    Not wanting to take some action; unwilling.

    She was reluctant to lend him the money

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reluctant(adj)

    striving against; opposed in desire; unwilling; disinclined; loth

  2. Reluctant(adj)

    proceeding from an unwilling mind; granted with reluctance; as, reluctant obedience

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reluctant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4395

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reluctant' in Adjectives Frequency: #595

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary



He was reluctant to accept the medal for his bravery.

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