unwilling, reluctant; averse, disinclined
I was loath to return to the office without the Henderson file.
hostile, angry, loathsome, unpleasant
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Reluctant (Latin re, back, and lucto, strive, struggle) signifies struggling against what one is urged or impelled to do, or is actually doing; averse (Latin a, from, and verto, turn) signifies turned away as with dislike or repugnance; loath (Anglo-Saxon lath, evil, hateful) signifies having a repugnance, disgust, or loathing for, tho the adjective loath is not so strong as the verb loathe. A dunce is always averse to study; a good student is disinclined to it when a fine morning tempts him out; he is indisposed to it in some hour of weariness. A man may be slow or backward in entering upon that to which he is by no means averse. A man is loath to believe evil of his friend, reluctant to speak of it, absolutely unwilling to use it to his injury. A legislator may be opposed to a certain measure, while not averse to what it aims to accomplish. Compare ANTIPATHY.
loath, loth, reluctantadjective
unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom
"a reluctant smile"; "loath to admit a mistake"
antipathetic, antipathetical, averse(p), indisposed(p), loath(p), loth(p)adjective
(usually followed by `to') strongly opposed
"antipathetic to new ideas"; "averse to taking risks"; "loath to go on such short notice"; "clearly indisposed to grant their request"
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I don't think that is likely, they are loath to disrupt someone seen as an innovator. Those are the type of people who get the greatest benefit of the doubt.
A lot of people are loath to believe any of the allegations, he's not, 'quote unquote,' that kind of person.
Mental health stakeholders are loath to have this conversation about improving mental health care in a context driven by violence prevention, because that's not why we need mental health reform per se, we need it because people are struggling with illnesses and they don't have access to care.
Ideologically, the EFF is closer to the ANC, though it will be loath to support the ANC which it has acrimoniously opposed in the National Assembly.
China is in a position to veto and stub out any effort by United States to pass a resolution against it in the The United Nations Security Council, as an economic powerhouse with the ability to punish smaller countries that rely on its trade and markets, most of the 190 countries that are part of General Assembly would be loath to join in a U.S.-sponsored resolution that would condemn China for its role in the pandemic.
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