- The United Nations was reluctant to get its forces embroiled in civil war.
- I'm a bit reluctant to get involved.
- The government was reluctant to sanction intervention in the crisis.
- The government is understandably reluctant to do anything which might spoil the harmonious relations between the country's ethnic groups.
- A mother was coaxing her reluctant child into the water.
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