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 Dictionary entry overview: What does reluctant mean? 

RELUCTANT (adjective)
  The adjective RELUCTANT has 3 senses:

1. unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom
2. unwilling to become involved
3. not eager

  Familiarity information: RELUCTANT used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

RELUCTANT (adjective)

Sense 1reluctant [BACK TO TOP]


Unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom


loath; loth; reluctant

Context examples:

a reluctant smile / loath to admit a mistake / unwilling to face facts


unwilling (not disposed or inclined toward)

Sense 2reluctant [BACK TO TOP]


Unwilling to become involved

Context examples:

they were usually reluctant to socialize / reluctant to help


disinclined (unwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval)

Sense 3reluctant [BACK TO TOP]


Not eager

Context examples:

foreigners stubbornly uneager to accept our ways / fresh from college and uneager for the moment to marry him / reluctant to help


uneager (lacking interest or spirit or animation)

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