(ambitransitive) To persuade someone to do something which they are reluctant to do, especially by flattery or promises; to coax.
Opposing; offering resistance (to).
To deceive with flattery or fair words; to wheedle.
‘I am not about to cajole or flatter you into a reception of my views.’;
Not wanting to take some action; unwilling.
‘She was reluctant to lend him the money’;
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering;
‘He palavered her into going along’;
Striving against; opposed in desire; unwilling; disinclined; loth.
‘Reluctant, but in vain.’; ‘Reluctant now I touched the trembling string.’;
Proceeding from an unwilling mind; granted with reluctance; as, reluctant obedience.
unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom;
‘a reluctant smile’; ‘loath to admit a mistake’; ‘unwilling to face facts’;
unwilling to become involved;
‘they were usually reluctant to socialize’; ‘reluctant to help’;
‘foreigners stubbornly uneager to accept our ways’; ‘fresh from college and uneager for the moment to marry him’; ‘reluctant to help’;