re·​luc·​tance | \ ri-ˈlək-tən(t)s How to pronounce reluctance (audio) \

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

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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 The darn thing was set to Eco mode, which attenuates your most immature wants with gas-saving reluctance. Neil Dunlop, Car and Driver, 21 June 2021 When the family was down to little more than pasta in the cupboard, Frangi, with enormous reluctance, had to ask her parents in Argentina for help. Claudia Núñez, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2021 With the current reluctance, health workers who used to give 4,000 shots a day are now happy giving out 40, Andrić said. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, 5 June 2021 Communities with high vaccination rates would enjoy more freedom from the virus, whereas areas with more reluctance might contend with flareups. Anne Flaherty, ABC News, 30 Apr. 2021 Compound that with some reluctance in rural communities to get vaccinated at all. Katheryn Houghton, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 2021 These changes are fueled by an increase in the size of mass tort actions, coupled with many courts’ reluctance to rein in constitutionally excessive punitive damages awards. Cory L. Andrews, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 The service also uses survey data collected by Carnegie Mellon University to identify regions of the US where large numbers of people have expressed reluctance about getting vaccinated., 10 June 2021 In a somewhat vague statement to, an Aldi official either denied knowledge of the Broadview Heights project or expressed reluctance to share information about it. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 11 May 2021

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First Known Use of reluctance

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reluctance was in 1629

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22 Jul 2021

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“Reluctance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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re·​luc·​tance | \ ri-ˈlək-təns How to pronounce reluctance (audio) \

Kids Definition of reluctance

: the quality or state of showing doubt or unwillingness

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