[ ri-luhk-tuhns ]
See synonyms for reluctance on
  1. unwillingness; disinclination: reluctance to speak in public.

  2. Electricity. the resistance to magnetic flux offered by a magnetic circuit, determined by the permeability and arrangement of the materials of the circuit.

Origin of reluctance

First recorded in 1635–45; reluct(ant) + -ance
  • Sometimes re·luc·tan·cy .

Other words from reluctance

  • pre·re·luc·tance, noun

Words Nearby reluctance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use reluctance in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for reluctance


less commonly reluctancy

/ (rɪˈlʌktəns) /

  1. lack of eagerness or willingness; disinclination

  2. 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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