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  • 1 Reluctant — Re*luc tant ( tant), a. [L. reluctans, antis, p. pr. of reluctari. See {Reluct}.] 1. Striving against; opposed in desire; unwilling; disinclined; loth. [1913 Webster] Reluctant, but in vain. Milton. [1913 Webster] Reluctant now I touched the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 reluctant — [ri luk′tənt] adj. [L reluctans, prp. of reluctari, to resist < re , against + luctari, to struggle: see LOCK1] 1. opposed in mind (to do something); unwilling; disinclined 2. marked by unwillingness [a reluctant answer] 3. Rare struggling… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 reluctant — reluctánt adj. m., pl. reluctánţi; f. sg. reluctántă, pl. reluctánte Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  RELUCTÁNT, Ă adj. refractar, recalcitrant, îndărătnic. (< engl. reluct …

    Dicționar Român

  • 4 reluctant — I adjective adverse, averse, avoiding, begrudging, diffident, discontented, disinclined, dissenting, dissentious, evasive, grudging, hesitant, hesitating, hesitative, inacquiescent, indisposed, involuntary, irreconcilable, not disposed, not… …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 reluctant — reluctant, ante (re lu ktan, ktan t ) adj. Qui lutte contre, qui résiste (latinisme qui n est pas usité). •   Doué d un esprit droit plutôt qu étendu.... fort révérencieux pour le pouvoir, un peu reluctant contre les nouveautés, M. Gaudin eût… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 6 Reluctant Bride — is a 1955 British comedy film directed by Henry Cass and starring John Carroll, Virginia Bruce, Brian Oulton, Kay Callard and Arthur Lowe.External links*imdb title|0048549 …

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  • 7 reluctant to punish — index placable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 8 reluctant — unwilling, 1660s, from L. reluctantem, prp. of reluctari (see RELUCTANCE (Cf. reluctance)). Related: Reluctantly …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 reluctant — *disinclined, indisposed, hesitant, loath, averse Analogous words: *cautious, circumspect, chary, wary, calculating: *antipathetic, unsympathetic Contrasted words: inclined, disposed, predisposed (see INCLINE vb): *eager, avid, keen …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 reluctant — [adj] unenthusiastic, unwilling afraid, averse, backward, calculating, cautious, chary, circumspect, demurring, diffident, discouraged, disheartened, disinclined, grudging, hanging back, hesitant, hesitating, indisposed, involuntary, laggard,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 11 reluctant — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unwilling and hesitant. DERIVATIVES reluctantly adverb. ORIGIN originally in the sense «offering opposition»: from Latin reluctari struggle against …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 Reluctant hero — The reluctant hero is a heroic archetype described by Joseph Campbell in The Hero With a Thousand Faces :: The hero may refuse the adventure or deny the ability to move beyond the status quo. The heralded event may even be ignored – All of these… …

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  • 13 reluctant — 01. She has been [reluctant] to get into a relationship with a guy ever since her last boyfriend dumped her. 02. I am [reluctant] to tell him the truth because I know he ll get angry. 03. It is with great [reluctance] that I announce today my… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 14 reluctant — re•luc•tant [[t]rɪˈlʌk tənt[/t]] adj. 1) unwilling; disinclined: a reluctant candidate[/ex] 2) marked by hesitation or slowness because of unwillingness: a reluctant promise[/ex] • Etymology: 1655–65; < L reluctant , s. of reluctāns, prp. of… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 reluctant — reluctantly, adv. /ri luk teuhnt/, adj. 1. unwilling; disinclined: a reluctant candidate. 2. struggling in opposition. [1655 65; < L reluctant (s. of reluctans), prp. of reluctari. See RELUCT, ANT] Syn. 1. RELUCTANT, LOATH, AVERSE describe… …

    Universalium

  • 16 reluctant — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, feel, look, seem ▪ Students may feel reluctant to ask questions. ▪ become ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 reluctant — adj. (usu. does not stand alone) reluctant to + inf. (we were reluctant to act) * * * [rɪ lʌktənt] (usu. does not stand alone) reluctant to + inf. (we were reluctant to act) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 18 reluctant — re|luc|tant [ rı lʌktənt ] adjective ** not willing to do something: reluctant to do something: She was reluctant to discuss the case in any detail. a. used for describing a feeling that you have but you wish you did not have: She felt a… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 reluctant */*/ — UK [rɪˈlʌktənt] / US adjective not willing to do something reluctant to do something: She was reluctant to leave. a) used for describing someone who is doing something but does not really want to a reluctant convert/witness/guest b) used for… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 reluctant — adjective Etymology: Latin reluctant , reluctans, present participle of reluctari to struggle against, from re + luctari to struggle Date: 1667 feeling or showing aversion, hesitation, or unwillingness < reluctant to get involved >; also having… …

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