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
Consumers are generally reluctant to make changes to their morning routine.
A miser is a person who is reluctant to spend and saves for those who will bury him.
A lot of management teams are reluctant to let management teams interface with shareholders.
The weak-yen trend has paused, so investors are reluctant to chase the market higher for now.
There was no panic, but people were reluctant to enter a nearby drugstore and a grocery store.
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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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