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re·luc·tant

reluctant

 
 
pronunciation:
rih luhk tnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition: not willing or enthusiastic.
She was reluctant to go into the dark house.
antonyms:
eager, glad, ready, willing
derivation: reluctantly (adv.)
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The word reluctant contains the following parts:
luct Latin root that means struggle
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-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means (in adjectives) doing the action denoted by the verb root; (in nouns) one who or that which does the action denoted by the verb root.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.