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
Despite his lofty billing, Mahomes was reluctant to promote himself last year, preferring to remain in Smith’s shadow on a team that won the AFC West for the second consecutive season.
However, following a slow start to the campaign, Perez and co. were reluctant to offer such a lucrative sum, and the thought of cashing in on what appeared to be a dwindling star seemed a possibility.
Bourdain was reluctant to analyze why his series succeeded.
That’s something that Apple CEO Tim Cook has a history of being reluctant about, particularly regarding health applications for the Apple Watch.
But with a tight cap situation that is going to get even tighter once quarterback Carson Wentz gets his second NFL contract, the Eagles might be reluctant to re-sign a 30-year-old defensive end to a long-term, big-money deal.
But Obama, proudly defying political convention and confident in the larger forces of progress, was reluctant to acknowledge that inaction, too, is an action.
Villaraigosa has also been reluctant to support the twin tunnels project, saying through a spokesperson that other options could be pursued.
One of the officers began talking to Keith, who was reluctant to put down the tool.
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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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