Definitions

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  • v. To struggle against anything; to resist; to oppose.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To struggle against anything; to resist; to oppose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To struggle against something; be reluctant.
  • To struggle against; encounter with reluctance or unwillingness.

Etymologies

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See reluct.

Examples

  • We have no difficulty whatever in believing a mystery; but when we are required to embrace what so plainly seems to be an absurdity, we confess that our reason is either weak enough, or strong enough, to pause and reluctate.

    A Theodicy, or, Vindication of the Divine Glory

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