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  • adv. In a reluctant or hesitant manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a reluctant manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a reluctant manner: with opposition; unwillingly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. with reluctance


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  • I use the term reluctantly but truly -- it is rebellion! rebellion against the noblest government man ever framed for his own benefit and for the benefit of the world.

    A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3

  • As much as the word reluctantly rubs me the wrong way, I still haven't heard this: Sorry. | Top Stories

  • But that doesn't stop our political "journalists" (I use the term reluctantly in this case) pretending surprise, and that a left-wing blog must have learned it from a leak, rather than just bouncing the same common wisdom round the blogosphere.

    No Right Turn

  • He looked puzzled, wary, at this apparent change of topic, but he said, drawing out the word reluctantly, β€œYes.”

    I. O. U.

  • Salvation rose reluctantly from the dark depths of my memory and I heard my voice, calm and relaxed, gently beguiling in a swinish way.

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  • Of course, both Elizabeth and her brother John (Richard Carlson) insist on accompanying the group into the jungle, and despite misgivings, Quartermain reluctantly agrees.

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  • Some novels are so intensely charged with emotion and beauty that the reader, emerging reluctantly from the last pages, feels flayed – as if a layer of skin has been delicately stripped off.

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  • In fact, two of the most important of the former Soviet states, Ukraine and Georgia, have shown themselves particularly independent minded, have withstood the bullying and have received Western support – reluctantly from the EU and most of its members and more enthusiastically from the United States.

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  • If the announcements of the Moscow radio mean what they say, the present monetary difficulties have forced the Russian government to go much further than the N.E.P. which Lenin reluctantly adopted for a brief period in the early phase of Soviet history.

    Money Makes the Mare To Go

  • Another idea that has formed itself reluctantly is the fact that the influence which has produced all the good things on this continent has not been so much Democracy as we think it has.

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