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Synonyms for reluctant
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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"

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

    Antonyms:
    eager, inclined(p), willing

  2. reluctant(adj)

    disinclined to become involved

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

    Synonyms:
    loth, loath

    Antonyms:
    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"

    Synonyms:
    loth, loath

    Antonyms:
    eager, inclined(p), willing

Wiktionary

  1. reluctant(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    disinclined, unwilling

  2. reluctant(adjective)

    Opposing; offering resistance (to).

    Synonyms:
    unwilling, disinclined

  3. reluctant(adjective)

    Not wanting to take some action; unwilling.

    She was reluctant to lend him the money

    Synonyms:
    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.

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

    Antonyms:
    desirous, disposed, eager, favorable, inclined, willing

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. reluctant

    Synonyms:
    averse, unwilling, disinclined, loth, backward

    Antonyms:
    willing, inclined, eager, forward

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. reluctant(a.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. reluctant(a)

    Synonyms:
    disinclined, unwilling, averse, loath, indisposed

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "reluctant":

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

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How to use reluctant in a sentence?

  1. Riccardo Designori:

    There's quite a lot of money on balance sheets in Europe. If companies are reluctant to put it to work, they risk seeing activists twisting their arm to launch buyback plans, there's also a huge potential for restructuring and mergers, and activist funds are starting to shake up things and accelerate the process.

  2. Ron Lawson:

    Everyone's waiting for the other guy to go first, when there's a limit to how much you can bleed out, guys will be a little less reluctant to take positions.

  3. Liaqat Ali Shah:

    There are hundreds of people believed to have been infected but they are hiding and reluctant to go to hospital.

  4. 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.

  5. Michael Hewson:

    Coming up to the Easter holiday, people are going to be very reluctant to put more money into these (stock) markets. If anything, they will be more likely to take money out, anything like the events we're seeing in Brussels this morning is going to weigh on risk sentiment and risk appetite.


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