What does reluctant mean?

Definitions for reluctantrɪˈlʌk tənt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word reluctant.

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"

Wiktionary

  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reluctant

    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 reluctārire-, against, luctāri, to struggle.]

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

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reluctant in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reluctant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Vikrant Parsai:

    A miser is a person who is reluctant to spend and saves for those who will bury him.

  2. Ronald Matsiko:

    I am reluctant to do any major online purchases for fear that someone will just take my money and disappear.

  3. Corazn Cojuangco Aquino:

    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.

  4. The Istanbul Feminist Collective:

    (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.

  5. Edward Snowden:

    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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