HyperDic: reluctant

English > 3 senses of the word reluctant:
ADJECTIVEallreluctant, loath, lothunwillingness to do something contrary to your custom / custom
allreluctantdisinclined to become involved
allreluctantnot eager
reluctant > pronunciation
Soundsrihlah'ktahnt; riylah'ktahnt
Rhymesabandonment ... wonderment: 671 rhymes with ahnt...
English > reluctant: 3 senses > adjective 1
Meaningunwillingness to do something contrary to your custom / custom.
Example"a reluctant smile"
Synonymsloath, loth
Broaderunwillingnot disposed or inclined toward
Spanishreacio, refractario, renuente
Catalanrebec, refractari, renitent
Nounsreluctancea certain degree of unwillingness
Adverbsreluctantlywith reluctance
English > reluctant: 3 senses > adjective 2
MeaningDisinclined to become involved.
Examples
  • "they were usually reluctant to socialize"
  • "reluctant to help"
BroaderdisinclinedUnwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval
Spanishreacio, renuente, reticente
Nounsreluctancea certain degree of unwillingness
English > reluctant: 3 senses > adjective 3
Meaningnot eager.
Examples
  • "foreigners stubbornly reluctant to accept our ways"
  • "fresh from college and reluctant for the moment to marry him"
Broaderuneagerlacking interest or spirit or animation
Spanishreacio, renuente
Nounsreluctancea certain degree of unwillingness

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