reactance

noun
re·​ac·​tance | \ rē-ˈak-tən(t)s How to pronounce reactance (audio) \

Definition of reactance

: the part of the impedance of an alternating-current circuit that is due to capacitance or inductance or both and that is expressed in ohms

Examples of reactance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Devised by Professor Jonah Berger and shared in The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone’s Mind, REDUCE is a framework for removing five key barriers to change: reactance, endowment, distance, uncertainty and corroborating evidence. Mark O’donnell, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 Since coronavirus arrived on our shores, reactance has spread faster than disease. Kyle Whitmire, al, 12 Aug. 2021 Since coronavirus arrived on our shores, reactance has spread faster than disease. Kyle Whitmire, al, 12 Aug. 2021 Since coronavirus arrived on our shores, reactance has spread faster than disease. Kyle Whitmire, al, 12 Aug. 2021 Since coronavirus arrived on our shores, reactance has spread faster than disease. Kyle Whitmire, al, 12 Aug. 2021 And now reactance is anti-vaccine garbage spreading everywhere. al, 16 May 2021 Since coronavirus arrived on our shores, reactance has spread faster than disease. al, 16 May 2021 The reason appears to be something called psychological reactance, a term coined by psychologist Jack Brehm in 1966 to describe a fundamental problem in the way human beings experience efforts by others to influence their behavior. Andy Earle, Scientific American, 17 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of reactance

circa 1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reactance was circa 1893

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21 Sep 2021

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“Reactance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reactance. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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reactance

noun
re·​ac·​tance | \ rē-ˈak-tən(t)s How to pronounce reactance (audio) \

Medical Definition of reactance

: the part of the impedance of an alternating-current circuit that is due to capacitance or inductance or both and that is expressed in ohms

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