reluctant [ri luk′tənt]
[L reluctans, prp. of reluctari, to resist < re-, against + luctari, to struggle: see LOCK1]
1. opposed in mind (to do something); unwilling; disinclined
2. marked by unwillingness [a reluctant answer]
3. Rare struggling against; resisting; opposing
SYN.- RELUCTANT implies an unwillingness to do something, as because of distaste, irresolution, etc. [I was reluctant to join ]; DISINCLINED suggests a lack of desire for something, as because it fails to suit one's taste or because one disapproves of it [I feel disinclined to argue ]; HESITANT implies a refraining from action, as because of fear, indecision, etc. [don't be hesitant about asking this favor ]; LOATH suggests strong disinclination or a decided unwillingness [I am loath to depart ]; AVERSE suggests a sustained, although not extreme, disinclination [not averse to borrowing money ] -ANT. INCLINED, DISPOSED, EAGER1

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