1. Unwilling; disinclined: reluctant to help.
2. Exhibiting or marked by unwillingness: reluctant cooperation.
3. Archaic Offering resistance; opposing.
[Latin reluctāns, reluctant-, present participle of reluctārī, to reluct; see RELUCT.]
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