1. Striving against; opposed in desire; unwilling; disinclined; loth.
Reluctant, but in vain. --Milton.
Reluctant now I touched the trembling string. --Tickell.
2. Proceeding from an unwilling mind; granted with reluctance; as, reluctant obedience.
Syn: -- Averse; unwilling; loth; disinclined; repugnant; backward; coy. See Averse.
adj 1: unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom; "a
reluctant smile"; "loath to admit a mistake";
"unwilling to face facts" [syn: loath, loth]
2: unwilling to become involved; "they were usually reluctant
to socialize"; "reluctant to help"
3: not eager; "foreigners stubbornly uneager to accept our
ways"; "fresh from college and uneager for the moment to
marry him"; "reluctant to help"