Definitions for reluctantly

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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. reluctantly(adverb)

    with reluctance


  1. reluctantly(Adverb)

    In a reluctant or hesitant manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reluctantly(adverb)

    in a reluctant manner

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