re·​luc·​tance ri-ˈlək-tən(t)s How to pronounce reluctance (audio)
: the quality or state of being reluctant
: 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

the mice showed an odd reluctance to eat the cheese we had put out for them
Recent Examples on the Web Pandi, his parents and his two wedded sisters believe Meena’s reluctance to marry him is rooted in some kind of spiritual possession. Siddhant Adlakha, Variety, 18 Feb. 2024 The security agreements are among a string of such commitments pledged by all Group of 7 members and 25 other countries to Ukraine at a meeting of NATO allies in Vilnius, Lithuania, last year, a move seen as an attempt to compensate for their reluctance to bring Kyiv quickly into the alliance. Constant Méheut, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Anxiously attached people also tend to depend on their partners for emotional regulation, further increasing their reluctance to leave an unsatisfying relationship. Mark Travers, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Questions remain about how the Mexican government would respond to the new expulsion authority given the country's reluctance to accept migrants in the past. Quinn Owen, ABC News, 6 Feb. 2024 Not even Elon Musk could persuade Buffett and Munger to overcome their reluctance to invest in automotive stocks. Steve Mollman, Fortune, 1 Feb. 2024 Toyota’s need for outside technological expertise for all the sophisticated electronic software and hardware in vehicles these days forced it to abandon its long-standing reluctance to allow its vendors to work with the competition. Richard Katz, Foreign Affairs, 31 Jan. 2024 Although Moore and Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) have both expressed reluctance to raise taxes this year, Hershey took the opportunity to criticize Democrats over tax policy. Katie Shepherd, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 Russia, on the other hand, is slower to learn from the bottom up because of a reluctance to report failure and a more centralized command philosophy. Mick Ryan, Foreign Affairs, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of reluctance was in 1629

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“Reluctance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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re·​luc·​tance ri-ˈlək-tən(t)s How to pronounce reluctance (audio)
: the quality or state of being reluctant

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