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reluctant

re·luc·tant

reluctant

 
 
pronunciation:
rih luhk tnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: unenthusiastic or unwilling; disinclined.
He was always reluctant to play an instrument when he was young, but now he wishes he had.She was reluctant to sign the documents without consulting a lawyer.
synonyms:
disinclined, indisposed, unwilling
antonyms:
eager, glad, ready, willing
similar words:
averse, loath
definition 2: displaying resistance or opposition.
Reluctant members of the committee began a protest.
synonyms:
averse, loath, opposed, resistant, unwilling
similar words:
antagonistic, antipathetic
derivation: reluctantly (adv.)
Word Parts
The word reluctant contains the following parts:
luct Latin root that means struggle
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-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means In nouns: one who or that which does the action denoted by the base verb.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.