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Synonyms for reluctant
rɪˈlʌk təntre·luc·tant

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Wiktionary2.3 / 3 votes

  1. reluctantadjective

    disinclined, unwilling

  2. reluctantadjective

    Opposing; offering resistance (to).

    unwilling, disinclined

  3. reluctantadjective

    Not wanting to take some action; unwilling.

    She was reluctant to lend him the money

    disinclined, unwilling

English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  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 Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. reluctant

    averse, unwilling, disinclined, loth, backward

    willing, inclined, eager, forward

Princeton's WordNet3.7 / 3 votes

  1. loath, loth, reluctantadjective

    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. reluctantadjective

    disinclined to become involved

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

    loth, loath

    willing, eager, inclined(p)

  3. reluctantadjective

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. reluctantadjective

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words3.0 / 1 vote

  1. reluctantadjective

    disinclined, unwilling, averse, loath, indisposed

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "reluctant":

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

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  1. Floyd Abrams:

    I think Supreme Court's Supreme Court, i can understand CNN being reluctant to sue because the president keeps saying CNN is the enemy of me, and CNN might have reluctance to have a lawsuit titled' CNN vs. Donald Trump.' That said, yes, I think they should sue.

  2. Mitt Romney:

    I've been reluctant from the beginning trying to advise House Democratic on how they should proceed, now that the speaker has scheduled a vote on the impeachment inquiry, I think the issue has been over taken by events.

  3. Chief Executive Richard Adkerson:

    This is my baby. I didn't want to do this, it's an asset that we took on to develop in early 2008, when other global miners were reluctant to do business in the country.

  4. Frederic Gleach:

    I'm reluctant to sacrifice the material in order to do that much archaeological work, in particular, radiocarbon dating is destructive by nature... Once you have burned the sample to run radiocarbon dating, it's gone.

  5. Philip Matthew Stinson:

    It's rare because the juries are very reluctant to second guess and judge the actions of on-duty police officers in violent street encounters.

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