from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Unwilling; disinclined: reluctant to help.
- adj. Exhibiting or marked by unwillingness: a reluctant smile.
- adj. Offering resistance; opposing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Opposing; offering resistance (to).
- adj. Not wanting to take some action; unwilling.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Striving against; opposed in desire; unwilling; disinclined; loth.
- adj. Proceeding from an unwilling mind; granted with reluctance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Strivingagainst some opposing force; struggling or resisting.
- Struggling against some requirement, demand, or duty; unwilling; acting with repugnance; loath; as, he was very reluctant to go.
- Proceeding from an unwilling mind; granted with unwillingness: as, reluctant obedience.
- Not readily brought to any specified behavior or action.
- Synonyms Averse, Reluctant (see averse), disinclined, opposed, backward, slow.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom
- adj. not eager
- adj. disinclined to become involved
Latin reluctāns, reluctant-, present participle of reluctārī, to reluct; see reluct.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin reluctans, present participle of reluctare, reluctari ("to struggle against, oppose, resist"), from re- ("back") + luctari ("to struggle"). (Wiktionary)