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Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will.

Therefore my reluctance to be driven from my place of usefulness.

Only, the cruelty must be whitewashed by a moral excuse, and a pretence of reluctance.

He felt vaguely that his reluctance did him credit, and that he was improving.

In this strategy Winkleman with reluctance admired the white man's hands.

Surely, it was not because of any reluctance to separate from Martin.

But the shack filled with his disapproval of her reluctance to free him from his promise.

But Jason, by this time, had grown ashamed of his reluctance to help her.

“Far from it,” confessed the other, with a reluctance which seemed to twist his mouth dolorously.

I consented to go, with some reluctance; but, on the whole, thought it was the best thing I could do.

WORD ORIGIN

1640s, "act of struggling against," from obsolete verb reluct "to struggle or rebel against" (1520s), from Latin reluctari "to struggle against, resist, make opposition," from re- "against" (see re-) + luctari "to struggle, wrestle," perhaps shares a common origin with Greek lygos "pliant twig," lygizein "to bend, twist," Old English locc "twist of hair" (see lock (n.2)). Meaning "unwillingness" is first attested 1660s. Related: Reluctancy (1620s.).

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noununwillingness
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