Definition of reluctance in English:



  • 1Unwillingness or disinclination to do something.

    ‘she sensed his reluctance to continue’
    • ‘When finally cajoled into doing so he made no secret of his reluctance.’
    • ‘Some of our partners have shown a bit of reluctance, and we may have to look elsewhere for folks to work with.’
    • ‘So it was with great reluctance that I picked up this album and put it into my car stereo.’
    • ‘It is a role she embraces with regal dignity and a hint of self-conscious reluctance.’
    • ‘The reluctance by our present government to investigate thoroughly and put closure on this matter is shameful.’
    • ‘Their reluctance can only multiply manifold after Sunday night's brutal massacre.’
    • ‘She did so with reluctance certain that her urgent plea would go unanswered.’
    • ‘In all fairness, their initial reluctance is not born out of bad attitude.’
    • ‘This may be because of misconceptions among patients and reluctance among patients to use inhalers.’
    • ‘However, the company has shown reluctance on the grounds that they cannot bear the financial burden.’
    • ‘If the findings are accurate, our reluctance to travel by airplane is abating.’
    • ‘The groom, a genuine nice guy, has stuck around for three years, a bit puzzled by his love's reluctance.’
    • ‘The reluctance is mainly due to a desire to give private industry a chance to self-regulate.’
    • ‘Again, the courts' reluctance to countenance the compulsory appropriation of private rights is evident.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So why the reluctance on the part of so many otherwise open-minded and sexually liberal people to attend?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The only factor that causes a bit of reluctance for these guests is the spicy and oily nature of the South Indian special foods.’
    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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    1. 1.1Physics 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.