unwillingness, disinclination, aversion, dislike, disrelish, hesitancy:
Cooper's reluctance to leave before the end of the play was understandable.
considerable, deep, extreme, great, marked | certain
I noticed a certain reluctance among the teachers.
| increased | clear, evident, obvious | apparent | initial | growing | continued/continuing | general | natural, understandable
VERB + RELUCTANCE
have | display, express, indicate, reflect, show
His designs indicate a reluctance to conform to fashion. She showed considerable reluctance to leave.
| pretend | overcome | notice, sense | understand
I can quite understand your reluctance to talk about what happened to you.
These political tensions explain the reluctance of financiers to invest in the region.
With great reluctance, we have come to the decision to close the hospital.
| ~ by/on the part of
reluctance by insurers to keep paying out heavy claims
a show of reluctance
With a great show of reluctance, the government granted independence to the colony.
| a sign of reluctance
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