Meaning of reluctantly in English:


Pronunciation /rɪˈlʌkt(ə)ntli/

Translate reluctantly into Spanish


  • In an unwilling and hesitant way.

    ‘he reluctantly agrees to do his duty’
    • ‘His father disapproves of the pram, which his mother reluctantly returns.’
    • ‘He finds himself reluctantly succumbing to his suppressed passion.’
    • ‘Inefficient or poorly located facilities are closed, sometimes reluctantly, by a board of directors.’
    • ‘The scared young man reluctantly took the note home to his mother, dreading the impending punishment.’
    • ‘He reluctantly agrees, despite his best friend's misgivings.’
    • ‘Two-thirds of bar owners spoken to said they would reluctantly accept the law.’
    • ‘In 2002, the party reluctantly admitted the members ' average age was 65.’
    • ‘By the 1880s, however, there were quite a number of women in the profession and the Association reluctantly admitted them as members.’
    • ‘The woman paused, then nodded reluctantly, opening her door wider, letting them in.’
    • ‘The judge in the case reluctantly decided to drop the charges, citing a lack of evidence.’