Reluctant Synonyms and Antonyms

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Synonyms for Reluctant

Not willing; hesitant or loath:
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Not inclined; having a disinclination; being
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(Colloquial) regretful, sorry
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Tending to hesitate, wait, or proceed with caution or reservation.
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The definition of loath is someone or something unwilling or reluctant.
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Imposed by force; involuntary:
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Difficult to deal with or to operate.
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Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach.
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Mildly ill.
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Causing or feeling discomfort; uneasy
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Turned away or backward.
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Not eager.
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Reluctant; unwilling.
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Not subject to control of the volition:
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Characterized by caution
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(Cricket) Further behind the batsman's popping crease than something else.
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Hanging back; loitering.
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(Now Rare) Not energetic; languid
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Lax; not tense; not hard drawn; not firmly extended.
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Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid:
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Suspicious or distrustful; wary:
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(UK, rare) Alternative form of loath.
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That which is not affected or overcome by a disease, drug, chemical or atmospheric agent, extreme of temperature, etc..
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Excessively fastidious or scrupulous.
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Showing or practicing caution; careful.
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The definition of chary is a person who does not take chances or is not very giving.
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Antonyms for Reluctant

The definition of willing is agreeable do something.
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The definition of eager is ready and impatient to do something.
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Having or showing enthusiasm; ardent
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Having a preference, disposition, or tendency:
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Mentally disposed; willing:
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Synonym Study

  • Averse suggests a sustained, although not extreme, disinclination not averse to borrowing money
  • Loath suggests strong disinclination or a decided unwillingness I am loath to depart
  • Hesitant implies a refraining from action, as because of fear, indecision, or doubts don't be hesitant about asking this favor
  • 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
  • Reluctant implies an unwillingness to do something, as because of distaste or irresolution I was reluctant to join
Find another word for reluctant. In this page you can discover 44 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for reluctant, like: unwilling, disinclined, afraid, hesitant, loath, hanging back, uncertain, willing, forced, recalcitrant and shy.