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synonyms for reluctant

  • afraid
  • averse
  • cautious
  • circumspect
  • hesitant
  • loath
  • shy
  • slow
  • squeamish
  • uncertain
  • wary
  • backward
  • calculating
  • chary
  • demurring
  • diffident
  • discouraged
  • disheartened
  • disinclined
  • grudging
  • hanging back
  • hesitating
  • indisposed
  • involuntary
  • laggard
  • opposed
  • queasy
  • recalcitrant
  • remiss
  • slack
  • tardy
  • uneager
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antonyms for reluctant

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  • bold
  • careless
  • certain
  • confident
  • definite
  • heedless
  • incautious
  • indiscreet
  • rash
  • ready
  • sure
  • uncareful
  • willing
  • anxious
  • eager
  • enthusiastic
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How to use reluctant in a sentence

Governments may become more reluctant to rely on other countries for strategic goods, such as masks and medicine or computer chips.
AFTER $20 TRILLION IN PANDEMIC RELIEF SPENDING, THERE’S STILL NO SIGN OF INFLATION. WHAT HAPPENED?BERNHARD WARNERAUGUST 25, 2020FORTUNE
Officials were reluctant to take their pitch to investors in the bond market because of the uncertainty of future court battles.
MORNING REPORT: THE DEAL BEFORE THE 101 ASH ST. DEALVOICE OF SAN DIEGOAUGUST 24, 2020VOICE OF SAN DIEGO
City lawyers were confident that he was wrong but the uncertainty of court battles to come meant that the city was reluctant to take its pitch to investors in the bond market.
THE DEAL BEFORE THE 101 ASH ST. DEBACLE HELPS EXPLAIN HOW WE GOT HERELISA HALVERSTADT AND JESSE MARXAUGUST 24, 2020VOICE OF SAN DIEGO
The uptick in cases in recent weeks has been blamed on social gatherings and travelers, but officials are reluctant to resort to the strict lockdowns imposed during the initial peak of the pandemic in March and April.
EUROPE IS AT A TURNING POINT AS COVID CASES SPIKE, AND FRAGILE GOVERNMENTS FEEL THE HEATBERNHARD WARNERAUGUST 20, 2020FORTUNE
Other publishers are reluctant to help, either because they have their own subscriptions to promote or they are not sure if Scroll is going to succeed.
INSIDE TONY HAILE’S EXPEDITION TO (HELP) SAVE THE NEWS BUSINESS STEVEN PERLBERGJULY 27, 2020DIGIDAY
The federal government has been reluctant to set guidelines requiring Americans to wear masks or face coverings when stepping out in public, or that businesses stay closed.
BIG RETAILERS ARE ESTABLISHING THE COVID-19 POLICIES THE US GOVERNMENT WON’TANNALISA MERELLIJULY 14, 2020QUARTZ
Also named was Gambia, a small, overwhelmingly Muslim country on Africa’s west coast, which had been reluctant to take back 11 of its own.
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TAKES AIM AT IMMIGRANTS FROM AFRICATRUTHBETOLDAPRIL 30, 2020TRUTHBETOLD.NEWS
It was difficult, with the mean appliances of the time, to wring subsistence from the reluctant earth.
THE UNSOLVED RIDDLE OF SOCIAL JUSTICESTEPHEN LEACOCK
He only tore himself from her reluctant arms as the final whistle sounded from the engine.
THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME I (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
With this political subjection one is reluctant to associate a more sordid kind of obligation.
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WORDS RELATED TO RELUCTANT

  • allergic to
  • conflicting
  • contrary
  • detrimental
  • disadvantageous
  • down on
  • down side
  • have no use for
  • inimical
  • injurious
  • inopportune
  • negative
  • opposed
  • opposing
  • opposite
  • ornery
  • reluctant
  • repugnant
  • stuffy
  • unfortunate
  • unfriendly
  • unlucky
  • unpropitious
  • unwilling
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.