reluctance

[ ri-luhk-tuh ns ]
/ rɪˈlʌk təns /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. relocation,
  2. relocation costs,
  3. relocator,
  4. relucent,
  5. reluct,
  6. reluctant,
  7. reluctate,
  8. reluctivity,
  9. relume,
  10. relumine

Sometimes re·luc·tan·cy.

Origin of reluctance

First recorded in 1635–45; reluct(ant) + -ance

Related formspre·re·luc·tance, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for reluctance

reluctance

less commonly reluctancy

/ (rɪˈlʌktəns) /

noun

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

reluctance

n.

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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