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Meaning of RELUCTANT

Pronunciation:  ri'luktunt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  not eager; "foreigners stubbornly uneager to accept our ways"; "fresh from college and uneager for the moment to marry him"; "reluctant to help"
  2. [adj]  unwilling to become involved; "they were usually reluctant to socialize"; "reluctant to help"
  3. [adj]  unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom; "a reluctant smile"; "loath to admit a mistake"; "unwilling to face facts"
 

RELUCTANT is a 9 letter word that starts with R.

 

 Synonyms: disinclined, loath, loth, uneager, unwilling
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.               --Milton.

         Reluctant now I touched the trembling string.
                                               --Tickell.

2. Proceeding from an unwilling mind; granted with
   reluctance; as, reluctant obedience. --Mitford.

Syn: Averse; unwilling; loth; disinclined; repugnant;
     backward; coy. See {Averse}.

 

 

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