reluctantly

adverb
re·​luc·​tant·​ly | \ ri-ˈlək-tənt-lē How to pronounce reluctantly (audio) \

Definition of reluctantly

: in a reluctant manner : with aversion or hesitation The quiet resolution in his voice penetrated her racing thoughts. Reluctantly she gave him a corner of her attention.— Elizabeth George Speare He is about to release 'Thriller,' and today he's agreed, reluctantly, to sit for the Rolling Stone cover.— Gerri Hirshey Kirsti had gone to bed reluctantly, complaining that she wanted to stay up with the others, that she was grownup enough, … that it wasn't fair.— Lois Lowry

First Known Use of reluctantly

1646, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reluctantly was in 1646

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