reluctant to (do something)

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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The good woman is reluctant to quit her occupation of baking cakes for the evening meal; but acknowledging the primary importance of securing the herds and flocks, she puts on her sheep-skin mantle; and, addressing a stranger who rests half reclined on a bed of rushes near the hearth, bids him mind the bread till her return.
'Do you see my death among those trees, Arthur?' said I, for he was gazing intently at the shrubs, as if he saw it coming, and I was reluctant to leave him, in my new-found happiness and revival of hope and love.
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.
Evidently he was reluctant to take his final cross- bearings of this earth for a Departure on the only voyage to an unknown destination a sailor ever undertakes.
He did not care himself about spending money, and was not reluctant to give it.
Gathering himself quickly up, he stood more erect, like a man taken by surprise in a mood to which he was reluctant to have witnesses.
It hardly moved my compassion - it appalled me: still, I felt reluctant to quit him so.
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.
Not that I was afraid of it, however, or reluctant to meet it.
They blamed the MC for being reluctant to regularise them despite the orders of labour court and LHC.
He said the high court had ordered the payment of Rs700,000 compensation to the slain polio worker's family but the government was reluctant to do so.
This communications dysfunction is equally shared by these two groups--patients are reluctant to discuss sexual difficulties with their health providers, and clinicians are reluctant to inquire about sexual health.
Islamabad deputy commissioner Hamza Shafqaat on Thursday consumed polio drops in order to convince a parent who was reluctant to administer the vaccine to his children.
The board is holding 217,000 90kg bags of the grain as it emerges that private millers are reluctant to buy the produce at Sh2,300.