Reluctant meaning

rĭ-lŭktənt
Unwilling; disinclined.

Reluctant to help.

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(rare) Struggling against; resisting; opposing.
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Exhibiting or marked by unwillingness.

Reluctant cooperation.

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Opposed in mind (to do something); unwilling; disinclined.
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Marked by unwillingness.

A reluctant answer.

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Not wanting to take some action; unwilling.

She was reluctant to lend him the money.

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(now rare) Opposing; offering resistance (to).
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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.

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(archaic) Offering resistance; opposing.
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Origin of reluctant

  • Latin reluctāns reluctant- present participle of reluctārī to reluct reluct

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin reluctans, present participle of reluctare, reluctari (“to struggle against, oppose, resist"), from re- (“back") + luctari (“to struggle").

    From Wiktionary