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[ri-luhk-tuh ns] /rɪˈlʌk təns/
unwillingness; disinclination:
reluctance to speak in public.
Electricity. the resistance to magnetic flux offered by a magnetic circuit, determined by the permeability and arrangement of the materials of the circuit.
Sometimes, reluctancy.
Origin of reluctance
First recorded in 1635-45; reluct(ant) + -ance
Related forms
prereluctance, noun Unabridged
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  • Overcoming something of reluctance, he took one of the packages from its place.

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  • She waves him away to his duty, but other eyes note the reluctance.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • He was even aroused with difficulty, and he resumed the oar with reluctance.

    The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
  • But there was no after-coldness or reluctance on the part of the good father.

  • But in this he failed, as some of the more worldly Extremists foresaw who obeyed him in this matter with reluctance.

    India, Old and New Sir Valentine Chirol
British Dictionary definitions for reluctance


lack of eagerness or willingness; disinclination
(physics) a measure of the resistance of a closed magnetic circuit to a magnetic flux, equal to the ratio of the magnetomotive force to the magnetic flux
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Word Origin and History for reluctance

1640s, "act of struggling against," from obsolete verb reluct "to struggle or rebel against" (1520s), from Latin reluctari "to struggle against, resist, make opposition," from re- "against" (see re-) + luctari "to struggle, wrestle," perhaps shares a common origin with Greek lygos "pliant twig," lygizein "to bend, twist," Old English locc "twist of hair" (see lock (n.2)). Meaning "unwillingness" is first attested 1660s. Related: Reluctancy (1620s.).

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