re·​luc·​tan·​cy ri-ˈlək-tən(t)-sē How to pronounce reluctancy (audio)

Examples of reluctancy in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1634, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reluctancy was in 1634

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Cite this Entry

“Reluctancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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