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synonyms for reluctance

  • hesitancy
  • hesitation
  • objection
  • unwillingness
  • doubt
  • qualm
  • questioning
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How to use reluctance in a sentence

The laissez-faire approach of democratic governments, and their reluctance to rein in private companies at home, also plays out on the international stage.
HOW DEMOCRACIES CAN CLAIM BACK POWER IN THE DIGITAL WORLDAMY NORDRUMSEPTEMBER 29, 2020MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
The court’s reluctance to set rules beyond its opening two-week set of hearings indicates justices are hopeful about returning to in-person arguments.
BECAUSE OF PANDEMIC, SUPREME COURT WILL BEGIN NEW TERM WITH TELECONFERENCE ARGUMENTSROBERT BARNESSEPTEMBER 16, 2020WASHINGTON POST
For evidence, she cites both his reluctance to end the filibuster and his 2013 vote against Debo Adegbile, an attorney nominated by President Barack Obama to help lead the civil rights division of the Justice Department.
THE TRAILER: THE FIRST STATE GOES LASTDAVID WEIGELSEPTEMBER 15, 2020WASHINGTON POST
Still, education possibly remains the single biggest factor in the reluctance of Gen Zers to work as teenagers.
WORKING AS TEENS? NOT GEN ZPALLABI MUNSISEPTEMBER 7, 2020OZY
Teacher reluctance is being met with a barrage of pushback from parents who are seeing their children’s academic and social lives atrophy and need child care in order to work.
IS SCHOOL OUT FOREVER?DANIEL MALLOYAUGUST 9, 2020OZY
But it was with sullen reluctance; and mutterings were to be heard, on all sides, that the time would come yet.
RAMONAHELEN HUNT JACKSON
Dread, together with a certain sense of moral reluctance, departed, and she began to enjoy the adventure at last.
DOPESAX ROHMER
The reluctance to welcome translations is really reluctance to welcome poems which do not find their way to the heart.
HYMNS FROM THE EASTJOHN BROWNLIE
The other acknowledged the fact with some degree of reluctance, and explained, with many "buts" as an excuse in extenuation.
THE CONDITION, ELEVATION, EMIGRATION, AND DESTINY OF THE COLORED PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATESMARTIN R. DELANY
The fingers which touched Peter's arm brushed his hand, and were withdrawn as though with reluctance.
THE DOUBLE FOURE. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM
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WORDS RELATED TO RELUCTANCE

  • aversion
  • disinclination
  • dislike
  • distaste
  • indisposition
  • loathing
  • loathness
  • opposition
  • reluctance
  • repugnance
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.