reluctant

  • 1Reluctant — 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

  • 2reluctant — [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

  • 3reluctant — 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

  • 4reluctant — 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

  • 5reluctant — 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

  • 6reluctant — unwilling, 1660s, from L. reluctantem, prp. of reluctari (see RELUCTANCE (Cf. reluctance)). Related: Reluctantly …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7reluctant — *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

  • 8reluctant — [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

  • 9reluctant — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unwilling and hesitant. DERIVATIVES reluctantly adverb. ORIGIN originally in the sense «offering opposition»: from Latin reluctari struggle against …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10reluctant — 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

  • 11reluctant — 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

  • 12reluctant — 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&#8230; …

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  • 13reluctant — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, feel, look, seem ▪ Students may feel reluctant to ask questions. ▪ become ▪ …

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  • 14reluctant — 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

  • 15reluctant — 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&#8230; …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16reluctant */*/ — 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&#8230; …

    English dictionary

  • 17reluctant — 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&#8230; …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18reluctant — re|luc|tant [rıˈlʌktənt] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: , present participle of reluctari to fight against ] slow and unwilling ▪ She gave a reluctant smile. reluctant to do sth ▪ Maddox was reluctant to talk about it. &GT;reluctantly adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19reluctant — [[t]rɪlʌ̱ktənt[/t]] ♦♦♦ ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ to inf If you are reluctant to do something, you are unwilling to do it and hesitate before doing it, or do it slowly and without enthusiasm. Mr Spero was reluctant to ask for help... The police&#8230; …

    English dictionary

  • 20reluctant — adjective slow and unwilling: She gave a reluctant smile. | reluctant to do sth: She seemed reluctant to join in the discussion. reluctance noun (singular, uncountable): He answered these questions with a certain reluctance. reluctantly adverb:&#8230; …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English