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Definition of "reluctant" []

  • Unwilling; disinclined: reluctant to help. (adjective)
  • Exhibiting or marked by unwillingness: a reluctant smile. (adjective)
  • Offering resistance; opposing. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "reluctant" in a sentence
  • "For those not in the business, the term "reluctant reader" tends to be a synonym for "boy.""
  • ""Originally, I was what they called a reluctant spouse," she said."
  • "Government data, industry surveys and interviews with employers big and small indicate that many businesses remain reluctant to hire full-time employees because health insurance, which now costs the nation's employers an average of about $3,000 a year for each worker, has become one of the fastest-growing costs for companies."