What does reluctant mean?

Definitions for reluctant
rɪˈlʌk təntre·luc·tant

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. loath, loth, reluctantadjective

    unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom

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

  2. reluctantadjective

    disinclined to become involved

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

  3. reluctantadjective

    not eager

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

Wiktionary

  1. reluctantadjective

    Opposing; offering resistance (to).

  2. reluctantadjective

    Not wanting to take some action; unwilling.

    She was reluctant to lend him the money

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reluctantadjective

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

  2. Reluctantadjective

    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

How to pronounce reluctant?

  1. Alex
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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

Examples of reluctant in a Sentence

  1. Betty Long:

    That's why they are reluctant to leave.

  2. Benny Andersson:

    We were kind of protective of the first one because we were very proud of it, it was very good and it became kind of a cult movie ... and we thought what's the point of risking ... taking away from that legacy, so we were reluctant.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    You may be reluctant to share everything you have with someone else or others. But, you should be willing to share something with someone else or others out of everything you have.

  4. Franz Kafka:

    Life's splendor forever lies in wait about each one of us in all its fullness, but veiled from view, deep down, invisible, far off. It is there, though, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf. If you summon it by the right word, by its right name, it will come.

  5. Sepp Blatter:

    However, I am reluctant to take places away from anyone; there should not be a redistribution of seats on the Executive Committee but a commensurate expansion of this body, the key is to strengthen democracy within the ‘FIFA government’. The confederations must be proportionally represented according to the number of member associations they have.

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