Reluctant synonyms

rĭ-lŭk'tənt
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Not inclined; having a disinclination; being
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Unwilling or reluctant; disinclined:
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Hesitating or undecided; vacillating; doubtful
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Not willing; hesitant or loath:
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On guard; watchful:
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Having a feeling of opposition, distaste, or aversion; strongly disinclined:
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Unwilling or reluctant:
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Averse; disinclined:
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Unwilling or reluctant; disinclined:
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(Of motion) Pertaining to the direction reverse of normal.
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Mildly ill
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(Bot.) Turned away from the main stem
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Being, of having an opponent; not unopposed.
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Careless in, or negligent about, attending to a task; lax in the performance of duty
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Flowing or blowing with little speed:
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Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid:
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On one's guard; wary; suspicious
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Hanging back; loitering.
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Easily shocked or offended; prudish
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Not subject to control of the volition:
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Not determined; undecided:
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Offering resistance; resisting
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Done, given, or said reluctantly:
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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
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