reluctantly

adverb re·luc·tant·ly \ ri-ˈlək-tənt-lē \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

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

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