Adjective "Reluctant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Unwilling and hesitant; disinclined.
  1. 'He is the reluctant hero forced to deal with the forces of coincidence and fate.'
  2. 'The reluctant heroes are whisked off into space for their biggest role ever.'
  3. 'The answer did not completely satisfy the other young woman, but she nodded in reluctant acceptance.'
  4. 'Government officials always seem so reluctant to define qualifications for recipients of social welfare.'
  5. 'The events of the past week will make foreign governments extremely reluctant to put their citizens at risk.'
  6. 'Courts are rightly reluctant to judge what statements in political ads are merely misleading.'
  7. 'What on earth could be in our files that made them so reluctant to give us access?'
  8. 'Though the Supreme Court has now endorsed the reform process, most of its members were reluctant converts at best.'
  9. 'But that would entail spending money the company is reluctant to spend right now.'
  10. 'The government is reluctant to impose higher standards for staffing because of concerns over cost.'


1. unwilling; disinclined: a reluctant candidate.

2. struggling in opposition.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be reluctant to buys."

"sellers can be reluctant to offers."

"investors can be reluctant to buys."

"people can be reluctant to situations."

"futures can be reluctant to levels."

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Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘writhing, offering opposition’): from Latin reluctant- ‘struggling against’, from the verb reluctari, from re- (expressing intensive force) + luctari ‘to struggle’.