[ ri-luhk-tuhns ]
/ rɪˈlʌk təns /
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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.
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Sometimes re·luc·tan·cy .
Origin of reluctance
First recorded in 1635–45; reluct(ant) + -ance
OTHER WORDS FROM reluctancepre·re·luc·tance, noun
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How to use reluctance in a sentence
Or he may deprive himself of some lesser advantages in life by his reluctancy in putting himself forward.
His letter, however, showed his half-hidden reluctancy towards giving up the faithful old dog.Bound to Succeed|Allen Chapman
The water-lily closes, but With wonderful reluctancy; As if it troubled her to shut Her door of welcome to the bee.
A biographer records her death from smallpox when twenty-five years old, "to the unspeakable reluctancy of her relatives."Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
Hiding his reluctancy, Cooper left his seat and advanced toward the doorway.The Substitute Prisoner|Max Marcin
British Dictionary definitions for reluctance
less commonly reluctancy
/ (rɪˈlʌktəns) /
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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