reluctant vs reticent : Common Errors in English

About reluctant vs reticent

“Reticent” denotes only reluctance to speak; do not use it for any other form of reluctance.

reluctant Meaning(s)

  • (s) unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom
  • (s) disinclined to become involved
  • (s) not eager

reticent Meaning(s)

  • (s) temperamentally disinclined to talk
  • (s) cool and formal in manner
  • (s) reluctant to draw attention to yourself

reluctant in News

  1. Father Writes Novel For His Son, Wins Parents' Choice Recommended Book Award

    ANNAPOLIS, Md., June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A year ago, Jeff Gunhus didn't sit down to write a bestselling novel. He was just trying to find a way to encourage his 11 year-old reluctant reader ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. How the L.A. Film Fest Wooed Hollywood

    By Steve Pond LOS ANGELES ( - Hollywood is finally embracing the Los Angeles Film Festival. Studios once reluctant to showcase top films at LAFF, which officially opens on Thursday night in downtown L.A. after a pre-festival screening of "Man of Steel" on Wednesday night, have begun to see its value as a low-pressure showcase for movies with awards aspirations. The turnaround comes ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. UK 'very reluctant' to arm Syria rebels, gloomy on peace prospects

    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Sunday it and other countries were "very reluctant" to arm rebels in Syria even as it warned that success on the battlefield by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad was undermining chances of a Geneva peace conference. Britain and France worked together last month to lift a European Union embargo on arms shipments to Syrian rebels, giving them the ...
    on June 9, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

reticent in News

  • Dunkin' Donuts: Workers who endured racist rant will be 'honored'

    How to reward two Dunkin' Donuts employees who calmly endured a racist rant from a belligerent and foul-mouthed customer? The doughnut chain says it will honor the workers at a company event in Florida, but would say no more. Online supporters are less reticent; they argue the two should receive a monetary reward and are raising money for the two.The issue arose after video of the incident at a ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: NBC NEWS

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