What does reluctant mean?

Definitions for reluctant
rɪˈlʌk təntre·luc·tant

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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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reluctantadjective

    Unwilling; acting with repugnance.

    Etymology: reluctans, Lat.

    Reluctant; but in vain! a greater pow’r
    Now rul’d him. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x.

    Some refuge in the muse’s art I found;
    Reluctant now I touch’d the trembling string
    Bereft of him, who taught me how to sing. Thomas Tickell.

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

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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. Cora Harrington:

    Intimate Detail's interesting to see Victoria's Secret pick up little bits and pieces of where the industry is moving, but somehow still be reluctant to go all in in some pretty significant ways.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    Fools are overly confident for no reason and enjoy spending time often in the midst of people, whereas an intelligent person is usually overtly reluctant to go into the crowded places or public.

  3. New York:

    I want to open up New York City Tuesday. I want to open New York City Tuesday up Wednesday, I want Buffalo fully opened on Thursday, you know, New York City Tuesday's New York City Tuesday. And we are managing New York City Tuesday by the science, by the data. You look at the number, and you will see the rate of opening. I would hope -- I am reluctant to make projections because I think they're irresponsible.

  4. Ronald Matsiko:

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

  5. Mark Lynas:

    It can not be entirely coincidental that many of those reluctant to attend COP in person happen to lead countries that are high emitters or producers of fossil fuels.

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