reluctant

[Re*luc┬Ětant]

If the adjective reluctant applies to you, it means that you are undergoing some inner struggle and are unwilling or unable to decide.

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Striving against; opposed in desire; unwilling; disinclined; loth.

Adjective S.
not eager; "foreigners stubbornly uneager to accept our ways"; "fresh from college and uneager for the moment to marry him"; "reluctant to help"

Adjective S.
unwilling to become involved; "they were usually reluctant to socialize"; "reluctant to help"

Adjective S.
unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom; "a reluctant smile"; "loath to admit a mistake"; "unwilling to face facts"


a.
Striving against; opposed in desire; unwilling; disinclined; loth.

a.
Proceeding from an unwilling mind; granted with reluctance; as, reluctant obedience.


Reluctant

Re*luc"tant (-tant), a. [L. reluctans, -antis, p. pr. of reluctari. See Reluct.] 1. Striving against; opposed in desire; unwilling; disinclined; loth.
Reluctant, but in vain.
Reluctant now I touched the trembling string.
2. Proceeding from an unwilling mind; granted with reluctance; as, reluctant obedience. Mitford. Syn. -- Averse; unwilling; loth; disinclined; repugnant; backward; coy. See Averse.

Striving against; opposed in desire; unwilling; disinclined; loth.

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Usage Examples

It took me so many years to move out. I'm definitely a bit of a Peter Pan, reluctant to grow up. It all seemed really nice at home-why change it? Part of me would prefer not to have any responsibility whatsoever.

It's very difficult to break into motion pictures, but it's oddly easier for directors today because of independent films and cable, who have inherited for the most part those films of substance that the studios are reluctant to finance.

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.

This president has been reluctant to hold anybody accountable. No one was held accountable after September the 11th. Nobody's been held accountable after the clear flaws in intelligence leading up to the war in Iraq.

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Other Usage Examples

It is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, that the lover of knowledge is reluctant to step into its waters.

Democracies are indeed slow to make war, but once embarked upon a martial venture are equally slow to make peace and reluctant to make a tolerable, rather than a vindictive, peace.

With respect to the respective French and German traditions you are no doubt correct, although I am reluctant to see individual achievement reduced to archetypes.

It takes years for me to trust I know that about myself. A lot of it is because I am so private, and so reluctant to make myself vulnerable.

It's difficult to get started-when it comes to dealing with an unknown quantity, people are reluctant to trust their own opinion. It helps if two or three people give you a boost.

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