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Definition of reluctant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

reluctant

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//rɪˈlʌktənt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlʌktənt//
 
 
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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) opposite eager Word Origin mid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘writhing, offering opposition’): from Latin reluctant- ‘struggling against’, from the verb reluctari, from re- (expressing intensive force) + luctari ‘to struggle’.Extra examples For a moment, he felt almost reluctant to leave. She was curiously reluctant to talk about the experience. Students may feel reluctant to ask questions. The monarchy was notoriously reluctant to embrace change. He was understandably reluctant to act as a witness. They nodded in reluctant agreement. a reluctant hero
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