Re*luc"tant (-tant), a. [L. reluctans, -antis, p. pr. of reluctari. See Reluct.]

1.

Striving against; opposed in desire; unwilling; disinclined; loth.

Reluctant, but in vain. Milton.

Reluctant now I touched the trembling string. Tickell.

2.

Proceeding from an unwilling mind; granted with reluctance; as, reluctant obedience.

Mitford.

Syn. -- Averse; unwilling; loth; disinclined; repugnant; backward; coy. See Averse.

 

© Webster 1913.

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