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
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
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
We were reluctant to get involved.
He might agree but seems reluctant to admit it.
Recent Examples of reluctant from the web
The two companies have been reluctant partners, and Anthem had recently vowed to appeal the judge’s decision to support the challenge by the Justice Department.
Egan was initially reluctant to join a support group, but ended up reaching out online to a woman who had a daughter, also in her 20s, diagnosed with melanoma.
Ms. Hamilton is very reluctant to touch her primary income for anything beyond basic necessities.
Though both women seem a little reluctant to admit it, the similarities between them abound.
Republicans, however, were divided, with at least two GOP lawmakers reluctant to accede to the White House requests.
Even the young participants in the Nielsen study seemed reluctant to take their hands off the wheel, especially high school students with licenses.
Mr. Stewart said many Southerners were reluctant to allow state officials to decide how to commemorate the region’s history.
But over the past few years, some inside Twitter have been reluctant to make any major changes, for fear of alienating the service’s most dedicated users or disturbing ad sales.
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Origin and Etymology of reluctant
Latin reluctant-, reluctans, present participle of reluctari to struggle against, from re- + luctari to struggle
First Known Use: 1638
Synonym Discussion of reluctant
RELUCTANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of reluctant for English Language Learners
: feeling or showing doubt about doing something : not willing or eager to do something
RELUCTANT Defined for Kids
Definition of reluctant for Students
: showing doubt or unwillingness She was reluctant to go.
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