- 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.
Origin of reluctance
Examples from the Web for reluctance
For five weeks I forced myself to sit at my house table, figuring that my reluctance was a residue of my introversion.Freshman Year Sucks—and That’s OK
November 12, 2014
Perhaps his reluctance stems from the fact that he has only tenuous connections to Hungary these days.In Hands of Hungarian Artist, Jewish Home Movies of the ’30s a Warning of Coming Holocaust
October 25, 2014
In fact, Lauer even ended up with a character arc of his own, involving his reluctance to utter the word “sharknado.”‘Sharknado 2’ in Winter: Has the Franchise Jumped the Shark?
July 28, 2014
Too, the Moravians, despite their reluctance to bear arms, were pleased to be part of the new country, now that it was at peace.The First Americans to Observe the 4th Were Moravian Pacifists
Linda C. Brinson
July 4, 2014
With the mixed reaction to the finale of Lost, did you feel some reluctance to return to the arena of television?From ‘Lost’ to The Rapture: Creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta on HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’
June 24, 2014
Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will.
Therefore my reluctance to be driven from my place of usefulness.Biography of a Slave
Only, the cruelty must be whitewashed by a moral excuse, and a pretence of reluctance.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
He felt vaguely that his reluctance did him credit, and that he was improving.In the Midst of Alarms
In this strategy Winkleman with reluctance admired the white man's hands.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
less commonly reluctancy
- 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
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.).