reluctance

noun

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

Example Sentences

the mice showed an odd reluctance to eat the cheese we had put out for them
Recent Examples on the Web In recent months, the reluctance to eat at restaurants has diminished, but not by a lot: The off-premises share of the business has dropped to about 80 percent, still well above pre-pandemic levels, Sink said. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2022 In recent months, the reluctance to eat at restaurants has diminished, but not by a lot: The off-premises share of the business has dropped to about 80 percent, still well above pre-pandemic levels, Sink said. Marc Fisher And Taylor Telford, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Sep. 2022 For a number of employees who have embraced working remotely during the pandemic, the reluctance to go back to the office goes far beyond the hassle of battling traffic or giving up newfound autonomy. Katie Johnston, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Aug. 2022 The rocket-system reluctance reflects the White House attitude before and throughout this war. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 30 May 2022 The threat was prompted by the tech companies’ reluctance to comply with data and takedown requests related to protests against the government that made international headlines. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, 28 Oct. 2022 But Bauman understood the family’s reluctance to start its own cidermaking operation. oregonlive, 26 Oct. 2022 On one hand, the film’s (or the subjects’) reluctance to take more explicit stances can seem curious, even timid. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Oct. 2022 Republican reluctance to continue U.S. financial and military aid to Ukraine has been bubbling up across the country over the last several months, especially in congressional and local election campaigns. Los Angeles Times, 23 Oct. 2022 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reluctance. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

reluctance

noun

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

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