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 for reluctant
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reluctant \Re*luc"tant\ (-tant), a. [L. reluctans, -antis, p.
     pr. of reluctari. See Reluct.]
     1. Striving against; opposed in desire; unwilling;
        disinclined; loth.
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              Reluctant, but in vain.               --Milton.
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              Reluctant now I touched the trembling string.
                                                    --Tickell.
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     2. Proceeding from an unwilling mind; granted with
        reluctance; as, reluctant obedience. --Mitford.
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     Syn: Averse; unwilling; loth; disinclined; repugnant;
          backward; coy. See Averse.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  reluctant
      adj 1: unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom; "a
             reluctant smile"; "loath to admit a mistake" [syn:
             loath, loth, reluctant]
      2: disinclined to become involved; "they were usually reluctant
         to socialize"; "reluctant to help"
      3: not eager; "foreigners stubbornly reluctant to accept our
         ways"; "fresh from college and reluctant for the moment to
         marry him"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  116 Moby Thesaurus words for "reluctant":
     afraid, ambling, antagonistic, apathetic, averse, backward,
     balking, balky, calculating, careful, cautious, chary, circumspect,
     claudicant, complaining, crawling, creeping, creeping like snail,
     deliberate, dilatory, disinclined, disputatious, disputing,
     dissentient, dissenting, easy, faltering, flagging, foot-dragging,
     fractious, gentle, gradual, grudging, halting, hesitant, hobbled,
     hobbling, idle, indifferent, indisposed, indolent, laggard,
     languid, languorous, lazy, leery, leisurely, limping, loath,
     lumbering, moderate, noncooperative, objecting, obstructive,
     on the barricades, opposed, perfunctory, poking, poky,
     proof against, protesting, rebellious, recalcitrant, refractory,
     relaxed, renitent, repellent, resistant, resisting, resistive,
     restive, retardant, retardative, sauntering, shuffling, shy, slack,
     slothful, slow, slow as death, slow as molasses, slow as slow,
     slow to, slow-crawling, slow-foot, slow-going, slow-legged,
     slow-moving, slow-paced, slow-poky, slow-running, slow-sailing,
     slow-stepped, sluggish, snail-paced, snaillike, staggering,
     strolling, tentative, toddling, tortoiselike, tottering, trudging,
     turtlelike, uncooperative, uneager, unenthusiastic, unhurried,
     unsubmissive, unwilling, unyielding, unzealous, up in arms,
     waddling, wary, withstanding
  
  

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