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
Other senators were likewise reluctant to weigh in on their party's controversial Senate candidate.
The idea of trading Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton has been speculated on, but that is a deal the Colts would seem reluctant to make.
Most large European banks have remained reluctant to do business, wary of the kinds of multibillion-dollar fines that U.S. authorities have meted out in the past for breaching U.S. restrictions.
And many teens and parents are reluctant to speak publicly for fear that a mental health label can hinder a young person's access to opportunities, such as future employment.
Unfortunately, mental illness has long been something that people are reluctant to talk about.
But at least for the moment, the GOP seems reluctant to give to the wealthy and take from the poor simultaneously.
But the Joint Commission appears reluctant to downgrade a hospital’s status.
Sara Anna Nadalini Vassily is not alone: Many Russians and Estonians are reluctant to talk about gray passports.
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Origin and Etymology of reluctant
First Known Use: 1638See Words from the same year
Synonymscagey (also cagy), disinclined, dubious, indisposed, loath (also loth or loathe), hesitant, reticent
Related Wordsuneager, unenthusiastic; averse, unwilling; ambivalent, conflicted, doubtful, faltering, halting, indecisive, infirm, irresolute, questioning, skeptical, uncertain, undecided, unsure, vacillating, wobbly (also wabbly); fainthearted, shy, timid
Near Antonymseager, enthusiastic, glad, happy, keen; ready, willing; certain, decided, determined, resolute, sure, unquestioning
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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