reactance

noun
re·ac·tance | \ rē-ˈak-tən(t)s \

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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This backlash to unsolicited advice comes from a psychological concept known as reactance, first identified in the 1960s by Jack W. Brehm, a social psychologist at Duke. Gavan Fitzsimons, New York Times, "Want Co-Workers to Vote Your Way? Then Stop Pestering Them," 4 Nov. 2016

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circa 1893, in the meaning defined above

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reactance

noun
re·ac·tance | \ rē-ˈak-tən(t)s \

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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