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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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
Examples of reluctant in a Sentence
Investors are also aware that there's pressure on prime brokers and if you tell them that you are consolidating prime brokers, they see it as less of an issue than they did in the past, before, managers were reluctant to appoint a lesser known prime broker. Now investors understand.
India's very reluctant to be seen as too close to the United States, but the Pentagon is very bullish on this relationship.
Most of the local population in Derna are opposed to the takeover by the Islamic State, but, with the complete absence of any central government presence, they are not in a position to do much for now. Local tribes are reluctant to move against them because people have relatives who have joined their ranks.
Voatz has been so reluctant to have anyone inspect their system or even disclose the audits of their product that have been conducted, they are completely opaque, and that is the exact opposite of what a cutting-edge security product used for government elections should be.
I think some states are reluctant to open their databases up, knowing they have validity problems or knowing the data might be misused.
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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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