AskDefine | Define reluctant

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

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  • /ɹɪˈlʌktənt/, /r\I"lVkt@nt/


  1. Not wanting to take some action; hesitant; uncertain.
    She was reluctant to lend him the money


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