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reluctance

[ ri-luhk-tuhns ]
/ rɪˈlʌk təns /
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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.
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Sometimes re·luc·tan·cy .

Origin of reluctance

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

OTHER WORDS FROM reluctance

pre·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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