reluctant vs reticent

reluctant reticent


  • 1) Not wanting to take some action; unwilling.
  • 2) Opposing; offering resistance (to).
  • 3) Exhibiting or marked by unwillingness.
  • 4) Archaic Offering resistance; opposing.
  • 5) Proceeding from an unwilling mind; granted with reluctance.
  • 6) Striving against; opposed in desire; unwilling; disinclined; loth.
  • 7) disinclined to become involved
  • 8) not eager
  • 9) unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom


  • 1) Keeping one's thoughts and opinions to oneself; reserved or restrained.
  • 2) Usage Problem Reluctant; unwilling.
  • 3) Inclined to keep one's thoughts, feelings, and personal affairs to oneself. synonym: laconic.
  • 4) Restrained or reserved.
  • 5) Inclined to keep silent; reserved; uncommunicative.
  • 6) temperamentally disinclined to talk


  • 1) He has always been a lot less reluctant than people think to take on more work.
  • 2) One mum said her son was reluctant to talk about the task.
  • 3) He has always been a lot less reluctant than people think to take on more work and this phase of his life.
  • 4) Given that he had found safety, he was reluctant to take his chances.
  • 5) I am reluctant to give up on this relationship.
  • 6) You may be reluctant to join a sociable dance class at first, but it could lead to a love meeting.
  • 7) For years, the top brands have been reluctant to give him their best lines for fear they will be aggressively discounted or displayed in shabby environments.
  • 8) Once people have the cash in their hand, or know it is already in their bank account, they are more reluctant to let go of it.
  • 9) The police will be reluctant to get involved.
  • 10) Many savers are reluctant to give up the security of cash.
  • 11) The perceived link with body odour means that sufferers may be reluctant to seek help.
  • 12) You can also get the most reluctant people to share the work at home.
  • 13) They will be reluctant to let go of the extra battalion.
  • 14) The governor is not reluctant to take credit where possible.
  • 15) The police are reluctant to talk about witness evidence.
  • 16) The police appeared reluctant to take on such a large number of protesters.
  • 17) Many head teachers and school governors will be reluctant to give ground.
  • 18) If she has had unpleasant handling or unsuccessful treatment she may be reluctant to try again.
  • 19) Some people might be reluctant to interact with me.
  • 20) Like many of his generation he was reluctant to talk about his wartime service.
  • 21) No wonder the police were reluctant to advertise their failing.
  • 22) He seemed reluctant to give the envelope up.
  • 23) No wonder many people are reluctant to go to mainstream physicians.
  • 24) But successful and powerful incumbents are notoriously reluctant to let go.
  • 25) But she is reluctant to talk it up.
  • 26) He admitted to being reluctant to confront police or risk violence.
  • 27) Many disabled people are still reluctant to report antisocial behaviour.
  • 28) People may also be reluctant to join a union for fear that it will damage their job prospects.
  • 29) It seemed to confirm the suspicion that he is more reluctant to take on public engagements than she is.
  • 30) They have different jobs now, jobs they are reluctant to give up.
  • 31) If others remain reluctant, you may have to go it on your own.
  • 32) Venice, which was not alone in this, was reluctant to take sides.
  • 33) For those not in the business, the term "reluctant reader" tends to be a synonym for "boy."
  • 34) "Originally, I was what they called a reluctant spouse," she said.
  • 35) Government data, industry surveys and interviews with employers big and small indicate that many businesses remain reluctant to hire full-time employees because health insurance, which now costs the nation's employers an average of about $3,000 a year for each worker, has become one of the fastest-growing costs for companies.
  • 36) Economists say the unemployment rate could climb as high as 10.5 percent next year because employers remain reluctant to hire.
  • 37) Now, research has shown that comics are a great way to turbo-charge literacy in reluctant readers (especially in boys), and comics are suddenly being welcomed into classrooms all over the world.
  • 38) ‘There are a lot of people, though, who would be very reluctant to let our traditional flag go.’
  • 39) ‘But people appear increasingly reluctant to intervene in public places.’
  • 40) ‘What on earth could be in our files that made them so reluctant to give us access?’
  • 41) ‘The events of the past week will make foreign governments extremely reluctant to put their citizens at risk.’
  • 42) ‘Government officials always seem so reluctant to define qualifications for recipients of social welfare.’
  • 43) ‘People are somewhat more reluctant to talk to foreigners than they were at the beginning.’
  • 44) ‘Today, many ordinary people are still reluctant to talk about politics.’
  • 45) ‘Courts are rightly reluctant to judge what statements in political ads are merely misleading.’
  • 46) ‘The reluctant heroes are whisked off into space for their biggest role ever.’
  • 47) ‘He is the reluctant hero forced to deal with the forces of coincidence and fate.’
  • 48) ‘Still, counterterrorism agencies remain reluctant to share sensitive information or cooperate on prosecutions.’
  • 49) ‘Oddly enough, he found himself reluctant to share any specifics of that night.’
  • 50) ‘In fact, I found myself reluctant to skip any topic in the book.’
  • 51) ‘But investors are reluctant to take on long-term risk given the uncertainties over the economy.’
  • 52) ‘Though the Supreme Court has now endorsed the reform process, most of its members were reluctant converts at best.’
  • 53) ‘But that would entail spending money the company is reluctant to spend right now.’
  • 54) ‘In the past, companies were reluctant to share information with suppliers.’
  • 55) ‘The government is reluctant to impose higher standards for staffing because of concerns over cost.’
  • 56) ‘The answer did not completely satisfy the other young woman, but she nodded in reluctant acceptance.’
  • 57) ‘Even boys - traditionally reluctant readers - were devouring it under the blankets.’


  • 1) In our world of loud images, all jostling for attention, his bleached pictures seem reticent as ghosts.
  • 2) Fear of regional war has flushed normally reticent governments into openly declaring their allegiances.
  • 3) But luxury to me is a question of elegance and elegance is always reticent.
  • 4) One of their vital tasks is precisely to get men and their families to be less reticent.
  • 5) Why are so many people reticent when they should be reluctant?
  • 6) Yet she seems reticent to talk about the help she must have had.
  • 7) He was not always so reticent.
  • 8) The 66-year-old was not always this reticent.
  • 9) He is quiet, withdrawn and strangely reticent for a man of such eloquence.
  • 10) You could hardly make this up, and a less reticent narrator might have turned it into a ripping yarn.
  • 11) Others have been less reticent.
  • 12) Some people just are reticent.
  • 13) He was always very reticent about his wound, refusing publicly to discuss it or the pain and discomfort he often suffered thereafter.
  • 14) Although he is extremely reticent when it comes to discussing them, the very real risks of his job have new meaning now.
  • 15) So why is the normally reticent Santo moving into the spotlight as a would-be politician?
  • 16) Yet other Florida Republicans were less reticent.
  • 17) Westminster politicians, meanwhile, seem strangely reticent.
  • 18) In fact, he was a rather solitary, reticent man who took himself and his turkeys extremely seriously.
  • 19) But on his own he's less reticent and as we speak about the final I am blown away by his calm assurance.
  • 20) Havel has been described as a reticent, modest, honest, courageous and a Renaissance man -- a man filled with a moral vision of what the quality of life should be for all people.
  • 21) Mr. Catlin, who could hardly be called reticent, at once made plain his feeling about the Missouri, the river that was to carry them some two thousand miles into the mysterious reaches of the West.
  • 22) Maria C. of Jersey City, NJ writes in with today's Mailbag Friday question: "My coworker always uses the word reticent when he really means reluctant.
  • 23) That caricature had faded away over the years, along with the stories of his brutal on-set perfectionism, replaced by a picture of a marginalized but respected industry elder whom journalists and collaborators have described as reticent and not especially prone to introspection.
  • 24) Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan told parliament Thursday the government was " reticent " to protect the taxpayer ' s interest.
  • 25) ‘Like others who are naturally reticent and introverted he was able, says Dimbleby, to lose himself in the disciplined freedom of performance.’
  • 26) ‘Turner was famously reticent regarding his private life.’
  • 27) ‘He was unusually withdrawn and reticent during that time, until suddenly, the more public horror of world events seemed to shock him out of it.’
  • 28) ‘I like his chamber works best, a genre most suited to his essentially modest and reticent artistic nature.’
  • 29) ‘Dann wondered why Kiv was so reticent about revealing his master plan.’
  • 30) ‘He never wanted anything from life and was a quiet, reticent man not given to violence.’
  • 31) ‘Yet, although he may seem a bit reticent, he certainly is not a recluse.’
  • 32) ‘Intolerable Cruelty is a movie in which the brothers' distinctive presence is quite reticent and discreet in terms of script.’
  • 33) ‘The other streak that Gould does not mention in these essays is a streak of his own, though his publishers are not so reticent.’
  • 34) ‘Unfortunately the book is also reticent; it is remarkable for what is not included.’
  • 35) ‘Of course, if gambling in groups doesn't appeal to your reticent nature, most of these games are also available in the single player mode.’
  • 36) ‘In other respects, he is famously reticent, averse to showmanship and actually something of a camera-shy recluse.’
  • 37) ‘Their performances are at once reticent and emotionally-charged.’
  • 38) ‘Aware of the potential for ridicule, or for having their sanity questioned, protesters are naturally reticent about discussing these experiences.’
  • 39) ‘The spendthrift ways of provincial governments have made international lending agencies reticent to loan desperately needed cash.’
  • 40) ‘When it comes to looking for money from the government, technology business people are no more reticent than farmers, fishermen or teachers.’
  • 41) ‘It's reticent because it lacks the authority to be declarative.’
  • 42) ‘Ten years and a lot of reticent memories after, their winding roads are finally coming to that familiar intersection once more.’
  • 43) ‘He's reticent on succession plans, except to say that a Japanese would increase motivation among employees.’
  • 44) ‘Precisely because many Ghanaians are reticent about expressing love, a special day dedicated to love is prized.’

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