adjective Date: 1647 unwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval Synonyms: disinclined, hesitant, reluctant, loath, averse mean lacking the will or desire to do something indicated. disinclined implies lack of taste for or inclination <
disinclined to move again
disinclined for reading
. hesitant implies a holding back especially through fear or uncertainty <
hesitant about asking for a date
. reluctant implies a holding back through unwillingness <
a reluctant witness
. loath implies hesitancy because of conflict with one's opinions, predilections, or liking <
seems loath to trust anyone
. averse implies a holding back from or avoiding because of distaste or repugnance <
averse to hard work
not averse to an occasional drink

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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