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Synonyms for reluctantrɪˈlʌk tənt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. loath, loth, reluctant(adj)

    unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom

    "a reluctant smile"; "loath to admit a mistake"

    loth(p), indisposed(p), loath, loath(p), averse(p), loth, antipathetic, antipathetical, reluctant

    eager, inclined(p), willing

  2. reluctant(adj)

    disinclined to become involved

    "they were usually reluctant to socialize"; "reluctant to help"

    loth, loath

    willing, eager, inclined(p)

  3. reluctant(adj)

    not eager

    "foreigners stubbornly reluctant to accept our ways"; "fresh from college and reluctant for the moment to marry him"

    loth, loath

    eager, inclined(p), willing


  1. reluctant(adjective)

    disinclined, unwilling

  2. reluctant(adjective)

    Opposing; offering resistance (to).

    unwilling, disinclined

  3. reluctant(adjective)

    Not wanting to take some action; unwilling.

    disinclined, unwilling

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. reluctant

    Reluctant (Latin re, back, and lucto, strive, struggle) signifies struggling against what one is urged or impelled to do, or is actually doing; averse (Latin a, from, and verto, turn) signifies turned away as with dislike or repugnance; loath (Anglo-Saxon lath, evil, hateful) signifies having a repugnance, disgust, or loathing for, tho the adjective loath is not so strong as the verb loathe. A dunce is always averse to study; a good student is disinclined to it when a fine morning tempts him out; he is indisposed to it in some hour of weariness. A man may be slow or backward in entering upon that to which he is by no means averse. A man is loath to believe evil of his friend, reluctant to speak of it, absolutely unwilling to use it to his injury. A legislator may be opposed to a certain measure, while not averse to what it aims to accomplish. Compare ANTIPATHY.

    averse, backward, disinclined, indisposed, loath, opposed, slow, unwilling

    desirous, disposed, eager, favorable, inclined, willing

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. reluctant(a.)

    unwilling, loath, averse, backward, disinclined, indisposed, not disposed

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

unwilling, reticent, hesitant, loath, recalcitrant, resistant, refractory

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