Definitions for reluctant
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loath, loth, reluctantadjective
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
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
Reluctant refers to being unwilling or hesitant to do something, generally arising from fear, dislike or unwillingness. It expresses a lack of enthusiasm or resistance towards a particular action or situation.
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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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
(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.
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.
Don't ever feel reluctant to make contributions,they might have said it all,but they can't say it exactly the way you would.
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.
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.
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- neochotný, zdráhajícíCzech
- widerwillig, zögerndGerman
- renuente, reacioSpanish
- haluton, vastahakoinenFinnish
- réfractaire, rétif, réticent, réservéFrench
- aindeònach, leisgScottish Gaelic
- neuwooiagh, neuarryltaghManx
- whakawhēuaua, whakakumu, manauheaMāori
- motvillig, motviljugNorwegian Nynorsk
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