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Synonyms for reluctant
rɪˈlʌk tənt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. loath, loth, reluctant(adj)

    unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom

    "a reluctant smile"; "loath to admit a mistake"

    loth(p), indisposed(p), loath, loath(p), averse(p), loth, antipathetic, antipathetical

    eager, inclined(p), willing

  2. reluctant(adj)

    disinclined to become involved

    "they were usually reluctant to socialize"; "reluctant to help"

    loth, loath

    willing, eager, inclined(p)

  3. reluctant(adj)

    not eager

    "foreigners stubbornly reluctant to accept our ways"; "fresh from college and reluctant for the moment to marry him"

    loth, loath

    eager, inclined(p), willing


  1. reluctant(adjective)

    disinclined, unwilling

  2. reluctant(adjective)

    Opposing; offering resistance (to).

    unwilling, disinclined

  3. reluctant(adjective)

    Not wanting to take some action; unwilling.

    She was reluctant to lend him the money

    disinclined, unwilling

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. reluctant

    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.

    averse, backward, disinclined, indisposed, loath, opposed, slow, unwilling

    desirous, disposed, eager, favorable, inclined, willing

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. reluctant

    averse, unwilling, disinclined, loth, backward

    willing, inclined, eager, forward

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. reluctant(a.)

    unwilling, loath, averse, backward, disinclined, indisposed, not disposed

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. reluctant(a)

    disinclined, unwilling, averse, loath, indisposed

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    unwilling, reticent, hesitant, loath, recalcitrant, resistant, refractory

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How to use reluctant in a sentence?

  1. Angie Craig:

    I'm in a district where I've been reluctant to move forward only from the perspective where I want to be disciplined, I want to look at due process and want to make sure we get all of our facts -- and this process will allow us to do that.

  2. Chris Edelson:

    Chief Justice Roberts seems to be in many cases taking a cautious approach deferential to the legislature, on health care and in his dissent on the marriage case, Roberts was reluctant to disturb decisions by elected officials.

  3. Matthias Kiener:

    External auditors, unlike [counter-fraud] officers, are not necessarily looking for evidence of fictitious receipts or inappropriate spending in the field, sometimes the due diligence is not done. That might be because many charities are founded on the principle of trust. An NGO might be reluctant to ask tough questions of some of those it employs.

  4. Daniel Hynes:

    Investors are fairly cautious leading into the weekend. With the comments overnight, particularly on the U.S. side, creating a bit of uncertainty around the meeting, investors are reluctant to really do too much, if there's any sign talks are back on (after the weekend), the base metals sector would be relatively buoyed. The downside is pretty well priced in for a while now so any encouraging sign ... of talks should be viewed as positive.

  5. Sepp Blatter:

    However, I am reluctant to take places away from anyone; there should not be a redistribution of seats on the Executive Committee but a commensurate expansion of this body, the key is to strengthen democracy within the ‘FIFA government’. The confederations must be proportionally represented according to the number of member associations they have.

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