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Meaning & Definition of Reluctant in English

English

Reluctant

/rɪləktənt/

adjective

1. Unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom

  • "A reluctant smile"
  • "Loath to admit a mistake"
    synonym:
  • loath
  • ,
  • loth
  • ,
  • reluctant

2. Disinclined to become involved

  • "They were usually reluctant to socialize"
  • "Reluctant to help"
    synonym:
  • reluctant

3. Not eager

  • "Foreigners stubbornly reluctant to accept our ways"
  • "Fresh from college and reluctant for the moment to marry him"
    synonym:
  • reluctant

Examples of using

Tom was reluctant to go by himself.
He was reluctant to go there.
The mother was reluctant to leave her children alone.