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reluctant

adjective uk   /rɪˈlʌk.tənt/ us  
C1 not willing to do something and therefore slow to do it: [+ to infinitive] I was having such a good time I was reluctant to leave. Many parents feel reluctant to talk openly with their children. She persuaded her reluctant husband to take a trip to Florida with her.Unwilling and reluctantReady and willingLacking interest and enthusiasm
reluctantly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
C1 She reluctantly agreed to step down as managing director.Unwilling and reluctantReady and willingLacking interest and enthusiasm
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