- The definition of reluctant is being unwilling to do something.
An example of reluctant is a dog that doesn’t want to go out in the rain for a walk.
- opposed in mind (to do something); unwilling; disinclined
- marked by unwillingness: a reluctant answer
- Rare struggling against; resisting; opposing
Origin of reluctantClassical Latin reluctans, present participle of reluctari, to resist ; from re-, against + luctari, to struggle: see lock
- Unwilling; disinclined: reluctant to help.
- Exhibiting or marked by unwillingness: reluctant cooperation.
- Archaic Offering resistance; opposing.
Origin of reluctantLatin reluctāns, reluctant-, present participle of reluctārī, to reluct; see reluct.
(comparative more reluctant, superlative most reluctant)
From Latin reluctans, present participle of reluctare, reluctari (“to struggle against, oppose, resist"), from re- (“back") + luctari (“to struggle").