Synonyms for reluctant
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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.
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loath, loth, reluctantadjective
unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom
"a reluctant smile"; "loath to admit a mistake"
disinclined to become involved
"they were usually reluctant to socialize"; "reluctant to help"
"foreigners stubbornly reluctant to accept our ways"; "fresh from college and reluctant for the moment to marry him"
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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.
He was aggressive to both of them. He was reluctant to give his name, he was definitely not friendly.
Travelers are reluctant not only regarding all things Istanbul, including stopovers, but Turkey in general.
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.
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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- neochotný, zdráhajícíCzech
- widerwillig, zögerndGerman
- renuente, reacioSpanish
- haluton, vastahakoinenFinnish
- réfractaire, rétif, réticent, réservéFrench
- aindeònach, leisgScottish Gaelic
- neuwooiagh, neuarryltaghManx
- whakawhēuaua, whakakumu, manauheaMāori
- motvillig, motviljugNorwegian Nynorsk
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