Definition of 'reluctance'
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This discerning reluctance shows impressive discipline. Times, Sunday Times (2017)They also showed great reluctance to supply venture capital to entrepreneurial companies. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Perhaps the biggest barrier is the apparent reluctance to sell of one of the main shareholders. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Was that a reluctance to show off? Times, Sunday Times (2010)This weakness is partly explained by a reluctance to buy. Times, Sunday Times (2010)After this initial reluctance he gradually began using the cards and now writes notes regularly. Christianity Today (2000)There has been a great reluctance to change the existing mode of seeking donation. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Consumers showed no reluctance to voice their complaints. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)But he was careful not to show his reluctance to do so. DISRAELI: A Personal History (2004)The vast majority of those who consult divorce lawyers do so with great reluctance and much trepidation and sadness. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Now discredited owing to regulators' reluctance to consider extreme enough outcomes. Times, Sunday Times (2011)With great reluctance, if at all. Times, Sunday Times (2011)It has shown reluctance so far to engage with InBev directly. Times, Sunday Times (2008)What is genuinely shocking in the programme is the apparent reluctance of some of the doctors and nurses to address the issue of cleanliness. Times, Sunday Times (2006)They did, despite initial reluctance. Times, Sunday Times (2010)And it is with extreme reluctance that I broach the subject of unwanted hair. Times, Sunday Times (2013)In a country whose history is so littered with real conspiracies, it is second nature to accept anything at face value with extreme reluctance. BLOOD AGAINST THE SNOWS: The Tragic Story of Nepal's Royal Dynasty (2002)While there is initial reluctance, after a while pupils tell their teachers it's their favourite day of the week. The Sun (2015)Perhaps she has been saddled with debts from a previous partner (which might explain her reluctance to share financial matters). Times, Sunday Times (2010)I did not know that to be a fact, but it seemed a reasonable explanation of their apparent reluctance so far in coming out to attack us. ONE HUNDRED DAYS (2003)
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