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Definition of reluctant adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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hesitating before doing something because you do not want to do it or because you are not sure that it is the right thing to do reluctant agreement reluctant (to do something) She was reluctant to admit she was wrong. He finally gave a reluctant smile. a reluctant hero (= a person who does not want to be called a hero)
noun [uncountable, singular] reluctance (to do something) There is still some reluctance on the part of employers to become involved in this project. They finally agreed to our terms with a certain reluctance. It was with great reluctance that she took early retirement.
adverb We reluctantly agreed to go with her. Reluctantly, he started the engine and drove off.
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