from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To show reluctance or repugnance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To strive or struggle against something: make resistance; exhibit reluctance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To strive or struggle against anything; to make resistance; to draw back; to feel or show repugnance or reluctance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive, obsolete, used with "at" To be averse to.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin reluctārī : re-, re- + luctārī, to struggle.]

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Originally from Latin reluctor.


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