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reluctant (adjective), more reluctant, most reluctant
1. Referring to a person who is unwilling to become involved: The boys at school were reluctant to socialize with the new student.
2. Relating to someone who is not very willing to do something and therefore slow to do it: The people waiting for the bus were reluctant to help the drunk get on it when it arrived.
3. Etymology: from Latin reluctari, "to struggle" from re, "against, opposite" + luctari, "to struggle."
A reference to being disinclined to get involved or to participate.
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