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[ adjective ] unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom

Synonyms

loth loath

Examples

"a reluctant smile" "loath to admit a mistake" "unwilling to face facts"

Used in print

(E. Lucas Myers, "The Vindication of Dr. Nestor,"...)

Giselle was reluctant but Alex succeeded in persuading her to come_back in five minutes and the door was shut again .

Related terms

unwilling

2
[ adjective ] unwilling to become involved

Examples

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

Used in print

(Jim Berry Pearson, The Maxwell Land Grant....)

They were reluctant to appoint sheriffs to protect the property , thus running_the_risk of creating disturbances such_as that on the Vermejo , and yet the cowboys protested that they got no salary for arresting cattle_thieves and running_the_risk of being shot .

(Robert A. Futterman, The Future of Our Cities....)

Bankers who had been reluctant to lend without better security than the house itself got that security from the U._S. government ; householders who had been unable to pick_up the burden of short-term high interest mortgages found they could borrow for twenty-five years at 4 per_cent , under government aegis .

Related terms

disinclined

3
[ adjective ] not eager

Examples

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

Used in print

(Helen Hooven Santmyer, "There Were Fences"...)

Sleepily , as if half reluctant to break the silence , he lifted his voice : `` Rhu-beb ni_ice fresh rhu-beb today '' !

Related terms

uneager

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