Meaning of “reluctant” in the English Dictionary

"reluctant" in English

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uk /rɪˈlʌk.tənt/ us /rɪˈlʌk.tənt/

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.

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adverb uk /rɪˈlʌk.tə us /rɪˈlʌk.tə


She reluctantly agreed to step down as managing director.

(Definition of “reluctant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /rɪˈlʌk·tənt/

not wanting to do something and therefore slow to do it:

[ + to infinitive ] She had trouble sleeping but was reluctant to take sleeping pills.
noun [ U ] us /rɪˈlʌk·təns/

The poll also showed a reluctance to accept higher taxes, particularly at the local level.
adverb us /rɪˈlʌk·tənt·li/

He reluctantly resigned.

(Definition of “reluctant” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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Where countries are reluctant, it is using blackmail based on financial aid to obtain the application, for example, of birth control measures.
Why are we so reluctant, when it is perfectly simple to express this issue in terms of quantifiable defined employment policy objectives, in training at least.
At the moment, the overwhelming majority of people are still somewhat reluctant to use mobile telephones when they are abroad due to the fear of the roaming bill.
The world is gradually losing its patience with a government that appears reluctant to assume full responsibility for all its citizens.
They have pushed for a long time to get this through while some governments were very reluctant, saying it was unrealistic.
If this legislation is adopted, and if some countries are reluctant to lift their moratorium on genetically modified foods, what action will it take?
The police have all too often been reluctant, unable, or unwilling to actually start looking for these children until tragically sometimes it is too late.
Indeed, genuine political activists tend to be reluctant to leave their country of origin because they feel they have a lot to do there.
Some suspect also that there is an effort to protect national champions who are happy to invest in other markets but are reluctant to allow others into their markets.
You talk about the autonomy of the social dialogue, but you are well aware that the employers are reluctant to engage in such a dialogue.