October 22, 2011
reluctant (adjective)
\rih-LUK-tunt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: showing doubt or unwillingness
How do you use it?
Since he felt it would make him look foolish, Derek was reluctant to admit that he was late because he had overslept.
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Which one of these words do you think is a synonym of "reluctant"?

If you didn't hesitate to go with C, good job! "Reluctant" and "hesitant" both mean "lacking the will or desire to do something indicated." "Reluctant" implies holding back through unwillingness (as "a reluctant witness"), while "hesitant" suggests doing so through fear or uncertainty (as in "hesitant about asking for a favor"). Another synonym, "disinclined," indicates a lack of wanting to do something (as in "disinclined to move"). "Loath" points to unwillingness caused by a conflict with someone's opinions or tendencies (as in "loath to trust anyone"), while "averse" implies avoiding something because of strong dislike or disgust (as in "averse to hard work").
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