reluctant


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not inclined or willing to do or undertake

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unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom

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disinclined to become involved

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not eager

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'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.
you can't pretend you are reluctant to lay down your work.
It was with fear, and tremulously, and, as it were, by a slow, reluctant necessity, that Arthur Dimmesdale put forth his hand, chill as death, and touched the chill hand of Hester Prynne.
He had driven his load half-way to the village when Jotham Powell overtook him, urging the reluctant sorrel toward the Flats.
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.
Sometimes she and her mother might be seen, with stern eyes and determined mouths, looking over the letters of the reluctant lover.
I do not believe that in the whole course of my reading, and not even in the early moment of my literary enthusiasms, I have known such utter satisfaction in any writer, and this supreme joy has come to me at a time of life when new friendships, not to say new passions, are rare and reluctant. It is as if the best wine at this high feast where I have sat so long had been kept for the last, and I need not deny a miracle in it in order to attest my skill in judging vintages.
One cannot at least withhold a reluctant admiration for the wit that had conceived so bold a scheme, and the fell [deadly] genius with which it was carried out.
We found him lying on the doorstep when we got up, and it did not need Aunt Janet's curt announcement, or Uncle Blair's reluctant shake of the head, to tell us that there was no chance of our pet recovering this time.
Not that I was afraid of it, however, or reluctant to meet it.
Critique: An impressively scripted and thoroughly entertaining novel by an author with a genuine gift for reader engaging narrative storytelling, "Reluctant Belle" is a riveting read from beginning to end.
They blamed the MC for being reluctant to regularise them despite the orders of labour court and LHC.
Asim Khan, lawyer for Sumbal's father Gul Khan, said the polio worker was martyred on duty but even then, the government was reluctant to provide her family the due compensation.
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.
Reluctant Activist: The Spiritual Life and Art of John Howard Griffin