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
Although Vogel ranks fourth in net average (42.6), the coaches are reluctant to heap praise on him for a couple of reasons.
While the state police director issued an apology to the teen's family, his mother Monique Grimes was rightfully reluctant to accept it.
If left too long, the roots simply encircle the interior of the pot and are reluctant to get off their merry-go-round once planted in the ground, to the plant’s long-term detriment.
Michaela Coel, Ellie Goulding, and James Corden (??) as Resistance Fighters Chewing Gum star Michaela Coel was reluctant to call her Last Jedi appearance a cameo.
Still, House and Senate negotiators were reluctant to address Rubio’s demands.
Some witnesses are reluctant to testify because they, too, are involved in criminal activity.
For now, banks are largely on the sidelines, reluctant to offer services that could leave them holding bitcoins.
Until that round is concluded, members such as South Africa are reluctant to negotiate on any new issues, like rules on e-commerce or investment facilitation.
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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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