Examples of reluctant in a Sentence
- 94% of the butterflies are females, and they jostle for the attention of the few males, who seem reluctant suitors. —Carl Zimmer, Science, 11 May 2001
- When I missed five in a row and was reluctant to take the next shot or didn't really follow through, my teammates would yell, "Brick!" —Bill Bradley, New York Times, 18 Dec. 1994
- The man swore sullenly. He went over to a corner and slowly began to put on his coat. He took his hat and went out, with a dragging, reluctant step. —Stephen Crane, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, 1893
- The woman seemed desirous, yet reluctant, to speak, and answered, in low, mysterious tone. —Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1852
We were reluctant to get involved.
He might agree but seems reluctant to admit it.
Recent Examples of reluctant from the Web
That’s because the taxpayers of Lago Vista are the mansion’s reluctant owners.
Some large, notable Indianapolis companies were reluctant to talk about the practice in their workplaces.
The tone of uncertainty from a Republican congressman never reluctant to speak his mind yet nevertheless professing a strong support for Trump since he was elected was perhaps a surprise.
Mory has a change of heart at the last minute, reluctant to leave his home and his beloved motorcycle, and refuses to board the boat to Paris.
His early-teenage brother Andrew (Aidan Langford) initially is more standoffish, reluctant to forgive Adrian for a past disappointment.
Luckily, with the help of a few miracle products, even the most reluctant set of limbs will be glowing in no time.
According to whispers around the party, McDormand was initially reluctant to press charges.
Schachter has become a reluctant activist, campaigning for measures to protect children like Alex.
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Origin and Etymology of reluctant
First Known Use: 1638See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of reluctant
- disinclined to move again
- disinclined for reading
- hesitant about asking for a date
- a reluctant witness
- seems loath to trust anyone
- averse to hard work
- not averse to an occasional drink
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Definition of reluctant for English Language Learners
: feeling or showing doubt about doing something : not willing or eager to do something
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