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Emotional WeightPlay
Reluctant can carry an emotional tone, implying a struggle between desire and duty. SlideShe was reluctant to leave the family gathering early.
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Not NegativePlay
'Reluctant' doesn't mean refusal but indicates some resistance or doubt. SlideHe reluctantly agreed to help, despite his busy schedule.
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Subtle PressurePlay
It may suggest a presence of external pressure or persuasion to act. SlideReluctant to disappoint her parents, she attended the ceremony.