reluctance

noun re·luc·tance \ ri-ˈlək-tən(t)s \
|Updated on: 10 Jun 2018

Definition of reluctance

1 : the quality or state of being reluctant
2 : the opposition offered in a magnetic circuit to magnetic flux; specifically : the ratio of the magnetic potential difference to the corresponding flux

Examples of reluctance in a Sentence

  1. the mice showed an odd reluctance to eat the cheese we had put out for them

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First Known Use of reluctance

1629

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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RELUCTANCE Defined for Kids

reluctance

noun re·luc·tance \ ri-ˈlək-təns \

Definition of reluctance for Students

: the quality or state of showing doubt or unwillingness


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