intransitive verb Etymology: Latin reluctari Date: 1547 to show reluctance

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  • Reluct — Re*luct (r? l?kt ), v. i. [L. reluctari, p. p. reluctatus, to struggle; pref. re re + luctari to struggle, fr. lucia a wresting.] To strive or struggle against anything; to make resistance; to draw back; to feel or show repugnance or reluctance.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reluct — index contend (dispute), demonstrate (protest), fight (battle), oppugn, parry Burton s Legal Thesaur …   Law dictionary

  • reluct — [ri lukt′] vi. [L reluctari (see RELUCTANT): in later use prob. back form. < RELUCTANCE or RELUCTANT] Rare 1. to struggle (against); revolt ( at) 2. to offer opposition; show reluctance …   English World dictionary

  • reluct — rə̇ˈləkt, rēˈ intransitive verb ( ed/ ing/ s) Etymology: Latin reluctari 1. : to make a determined resistance : struggle 2. : to feel or show repugnance or reluctance : revolt many readers … reluct at works containing dialect L.P.S …   Useful english dictionary

  • reluct — /ri lukt /, v.i. 1. to struggle (against something); rebel. 2. to object; show reluctance. [1520 30; < L reluctari, equiv. to re RE + luctari to strive, struggle, wrestle] * * * …   Universalium

  • reluct — Synonyms and related words: antagonize, arise, battle, beat against, beat up against, breast the wave, buck, buffet, buffet the waves, challenge, close with, combat, compete with, complain, complain loudly, confront, contend against, contend with …   Moby Thesaurus

  • reluct — re·luct …   English syllables

  • reluct — re•luct [[t]rɪˈlʌkt[/t]] v. i. to object; show reluctance …   From formal English to slang

  • Contention — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Contention >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 contention contention strife Sgm: N 1 contest contest contestation Sgm: N 1 struggle struggle Sgm: N 1 belligerency belligerency Sgm: N 1 opposition opposition …   English dictionary for students

  • Reluctant — Re*luc tant ( tant), a. [L. reluctans, antis, p. pr. of reluctari. See {Reluct}.] 1. Striving against; opposed in desire; unwilling; disinclined; loth. [1913 Webster] Reluctant, but in vain. Milton. [1913 Webster] Reluctant now I touched the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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