01. She has been [reluctant] to get into a relationship with a guy ever since her last boyfriend dumped her.
02. I am [reluctant] to tell him the truth because I know he'll get angry.
03. It is with great [reluctance] that I announce today my intention to leave this company for a job at a firm in Ontario.
04. The child [reluctantly] gave the toys back to his friend when it was time to go home.
05. Marcia's parents were [reluctant] to let her go downtown alone at night.
06. Our apartment is really too small now that we have a baby, but we are [reluctant] to give it up because the rent is so good.
07. In the past, many companies were [reluctant] to hire women professionals because they feared the women would quit when they got married.
08. Someone once said that even the easiest thing becomes difficult if done [reluctantly].
09. Albert Einstein was [reluctant] to sign autographs, and charged people a dollar before signing anything, but then gave the money to charity.
10. I understand your [reluctance] at hiring someone with very little experience, but I assure you that my education and work ethic will more than make up for it.
11. Someone once joked, "What is it about a fire that makes it so eager to start in a forest, and so [reluctant] to start in a fireplace?"
12. The crew of the ship "The Bounty" lived among the Tahitian people for five months in 1788, and it was with great [reluctance] that they set sail for Jamaica at the end of their stay on the island.
13. In 1771, Spain [reluctantly] agreed that the Falkland Islands, off the coast of South America, were British territory.
14. Many farmers in the African nation of Angola are [reluctant] to return to their fields because of the many landmines which remain from the country's civil war.

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  • reluctant — I adjective adverse, averse, avoiding, begrudging, diffident, discontented, disinclined, dissenting, dissentious, evasive, grudging, hesitant, hesitating, hesitative, inacquiescent, indisposed, involuntary, irreconcilable, not disposed, not… …   Law dictionary

  • reluctant — reluctant, ante (re lu ktan, ktan t ) adj. Qui lutte contre, qui résiste (latinisme qui n est pas usité). •   Doué d un esprit droit plutôt qu étendu.... fort révérencieux pour le pouvoir, un peu reluctant contre les nouveautés, M. Gaudin eût… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • reluctant — unwilling, 1660s, from L. reluctantem, prp. of reluctari (see RELUCTANCE (Cf. reluctance)). Related: Reluctantly …   Etymology dictionary

  • reluctant — *disinclined, indisposed, hesitant, loath, averse Analogous words: *cautious, circumspect, chary, wary, calculating: *antipathetic, unsympathetic Contrasted words: inclined, disposed, predisposed (see INCLINE vb): *eager, avid, keen …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • reluctant — [adj] unenthusiastic, unwilling afraid, averse, backward, calculating, cautious, chary, circumspect, demurring, diffident, discouraged, disheartened, disinclined, grudging, hanging back, hesitant, hesitating, indisposed, involuntary, laggard,… …   New thesaurus

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