Definition of loath
: unwilling to do something contrary to one's ways of thinking : reluctant She was loath to admit her mistakes.
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Examples of loath in a Sentence
She was loath to admit her mistakes.
I was loath to accept his claim of having climbed Mount Everest.
Recent Examples of loath from the Web
Agency officials have also been loath to mention the possibility of NASA astronauts landing on the Moon, because George W. Bush had an initiative to return to the Moon that President Obama canceled.
President Trump himself is still loath to concede this point.
Moderates are loath to repeal Obamacare’s regulations, but doing so is only pragmatic.
Kansas faculty have been loath to support the new law.
But Mexican soccer fans have been loath to give up their favorite game-day chant, a homophobic slur that has been condemned by gay rights groups, government officials and international soccer authorities.
Until that base cracks, GOP politicians will be loath to distance themselves from Trump.
Even Republicans may be loath to roll it back in an election year.
Mauer is loath to leverage his stature as St. Paul’s pied piper to recruit his busy friends for extracurricular appearances.
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Did You Know?
Many usage commentators point out that the spelling of loath the adjective is distinct from loathe, the verb that means "to dislike greatly." Merriam-Webster dictionaries record loathe (along with loth) as a variant spelling for the adjective, at the same time indicating that the spelling with an e is not as common as the form without it. Both words hark back to Old English, and the e ending in each has come and gone over the centuries - but if you want to avoid the ire of those who like to keep the language tidy, stick with loath for the adjective and loathe for the verb.
Origin and Etymology of loath
Middle English loth loathsome, from Old English lāth; akin to Old High German leid loathsome, Old Irish lius loathing
First Known Use: 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of loath
LOATH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of loath for English Language Learners
: not wanting or willing to do something
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Definition of loath for Students
: not willing He was loath to admit mistakes.
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