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Synonyms for reluctant
rɪˈlʌk təntre·luc·tant

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  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 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

Princeton's WordNet

  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 Synonymes

  1. reluctantadjective

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. reluctantadjective

    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. Mark Lynas:

    It can not be entirely coincidental that many of those reluctant to attend COP in person happen to lead countries that are high emitters or producers of fossil fuels.

  2. Kelly Estes:

    He was aggressive to both of them. He was reluctant to give his name, he was definitely not friendly.

  3. Lauren Volcheff Atlass:

    Travelers are reluctant not only regarding all things Istanbul, including stopovers, but Turkey in general.

  4. Artyom Lukin:

    China has always been pushing for more port infrastructure, but Russia was a bit reluctant until recently to build this kind of infrastructure, for fear of becoming too dependent on China, but now Russia has no choice.

  5. Corazn Cojuangco Aquino:

    You have spent many lives and much treasure to bring freedom to many lands that were reluctant to receive it. And here you have a people who won it by themselves and need only the help to preserve it.

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