Definition of reluctance in English:



  • 1Unwillingness or disinclination to do something.

    ‘she sensed his reluctance to continue’
    • ‘The reluctance is mainly due to a desire to give private industry a chance to self-regulate.’
    • ‘She did so with reluctance certain that her urgent plea would go unanswered.’
    • ‘This is because of their reluctance, over a period of time, to combat irrational trends in science generally.’
    • ‘Everywhere around me people are announcing that they are about to vote Labour with the greatest reluctance.’
    • ‘If the findings are accurate, our reluctance to travel by airplane is abating.’
    • ‘It is a role she embraces with regal dignity and a hint of self-conscious reluctance.’
    • ‘This may be because of misconceptions among patients and reluctance among patients to use inhalers.’
    • ‘The only factor that causes a bit of reluctance for these guests is the spicy and oily nature of the South Indian special foods.’
    • ‘The reluctance by our present government to investigate thoroughly and put closure on this matter is shameful.’
    • ‘The groom, a genuine nice guy, has stuck around for three years, a bit puzzled by his love's reluctance.’
    • ‘When finally cajoled into doing so he made no secret of his reluctance.’
    • ‘However, the company has shown reluctance on the grounds that they cannot bear the financial burden.’
    • ‘Their reluctance can only multiply manifold after Sunday night's brutal massacre.’
    • ‘So why the reluctance on the part of so many otherwise open-minded and sexually liberal people to attend?’
    • ‘In all fairness, their initial reluctance is not born out of bad attitude.’
    • ‘Some of our partners have shown a bit of reluctance, and we may have to look elsewhere for folks to work with.’
    • ‘However, there is some reluctance by men and women to do away with the old system entirely.’
    • ‘Even if these patients go to the doctor, antibiotics are prescribed with reluctance.’
    • ‘Again, the courts' reluctance to countenance the compulsory appropriation of private rights is evident.’
    • ‘So it was with great reluctance that I picked up this album and put it into my car stereo.’
    unwillingness, disinclination, lack of enthusiasm
    hesitation, hesitance, hesitancy, diffidence, timidity, timorousness, trepidation
    demurral, wavering, vacillation, foot-dragging, resistance
    doubts, second thoughts, scruples, qualms, pangs of conscience, misgivings
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  • 2Physics
    The property of a magnetic circuit of opposing the passage of magnetic flux lines, equal to the ratio of the magnetomotive force to the magnetic flux.