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Unwilling and hesitant; disinclined.with infinitive ‘she seemed reluctant to answer’
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- ‘But people appear increasingly reluctant to intervene in public places.’
- ‘Today, many ordinary people are still reluctant to talk about politics.’
- ‘In fact, I found myself reluctant to skip any topic in the book.’
- ‘But investors are reluctant to take on long-term risk given the uncertainties over the economy.’
- ‘People are somewhat more reluctant to talk to foreigners than they were at the beginning.’
- ‘What on earth could be in our files that made them so reluctant to give us access?’
- ‘Government officials always seem so reluctant to define qualifications for recipients of social welfare.’
- ‘Still, counterterrorism agencies remain reluctant to share sensitive information or cooperate on prosecutions.’
- ‘The government is reluctant to impose higher standards for staffing because of concerns over cost.’
- ‘Even boys - traditionally reluctant readers - were devouring it under the blankets.’
- ‘The reluctant heroes are whisked off into space for their biggest role ever.’
- ‘Courts are rightly reluctant to judge what statements in political ads are merely misleading.’
- ‘He is the reluctant hero forced to deal with the forces of coincidence and fate.’
- ‘In the past, companies were reluctant to share information with suppliers.’
- ‘There are a lot of people, though, who would be very reluctant to let our traditional flag go.’
- ‘Oddly enough, he found himself reluctant to share any specifics of that night.’
- ‘But that would entail spending money the company is reluctant to spend right now.’
- ‘The events of the past week will make foreign governments extremely reluctant to put their citizens at risk.’
- ‘The answer did not completely satisfy the other young woman, but she nodded in reluctant acceptance.’
- ‘Though the Supreme Court has now endorsed the reform process, most of its members were reluctant converts at best.’
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’.
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