reluctant


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reluctant to (do something)

Unwilling, hesitant, or disinclined to do something. I was reluctant to sign over the creative rights to my music, but they were offering me a pretty heft sum in return. Sarah is a little reluctant to try something new. My dad has always been reluctant to admit when something is his fault.
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reluctant to do something

unwilling to do something; not wanting to do something. David was reluctant to admit his mistakes. Although reluctant to appear in court, the witness was ordered to by subpoena.
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I wanted to know the cause of it, but she seemed reluctant to tell.
you can't pretend you are reluctant to lay down your work.
It was with fear, and tremulously, and, as it were, by a slow, reluctant necessity, that Arthur Dimmesdale put forth his hand, chill as death, and touched the chill hand of Hester Prynne.
He had driven his load half-way to the village when Jotham Powell overtook him, urging the reluctant sorrel toward the Flats.
I felt very reluctant to pack Deane and Adams away in his case next morning, and the case in my portmanteau, where I could not get at it in case my unknown friends took it into their heads to accompany me out of town.
Sometimes she and her mother might be seen, with stern eyes and determined mouths, looking over the letters of the reluctant lover.
I do not believe that in the whole course of my reading, and not even in the early moment of my literary enthusiasms, I have known such utter satisfaction in any writer, and this supreme joy has come to me at a time of life when new friendships, not to say new passions, are rare and reluctant.
One cannot at least withhold a reluctant admiration for the wit that had conceived so bold a scheme, and the fell [deadly] genius with which it was carried out.
We found him lying on the doorstep when we got up, and it did not need Aunt Janet's curt announcement, or Uncle Blair's reluctant shake of the head, to tell us that there was no chance of our pet recovering this time.
Not that I was afraid of it, however, or reluctant to meet it.
The chief minister talking about Combined Effluent Plant at SITE said that it was a Rs12 billion project but the federal government was reluctant to finance it.
Alberto Ledesma; DIARY OF A RELUCTANT DREAMER; Mad River Books (Comics & Graphic Novels: Comics & Graphic Novels) 17.
In "The Reluctant Intuitive: A Soulful Confession and Practical Guide", Dr.
The author begins by explaining his particular interest in reluctant readers in the upper-elementary and middle-school age groups.
IN recent weeks I've written about reluctant readers and now reluctant writers and so I would like to set a challenge to readers of all ages in the form of a competition.