What does reluctance mean?

Definitions for reluctance
rɪˈlʌk tənsre·luc·tance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reluctancenoun

    (physics) opposition to magnetic flux (analogous to electric resistance)

  2. reluctance, hesitancy, hesitation, disinclination, indispositionnoun

    a certain degree of unwillingness

    "a reluctance to commit himself"; "his hesitancy revealed his basic indisposition"; "after some hesitation he agreed"


  1. reluctancenoun

    Unwillingness to do something.

  2. reluctancenoun

    Hesitancy in taking some action.

  3. reluctancenoun

    That property of a magnetic circuit analogous to resistance in an electric circuit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reluctancenoun

    alt. of Reluctancy

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Reluctance

    In a magnetic circuit or portion thereof, the resistance offered to the flow of lines of force. The magnetic circuit as has already been stated is treated like an electric circuit, and in it reluctance occupies the place of resistance in the electric circuit. It is the reciprocal of permeance. S. P. Thompson expresses the law thus: Total number of magnetic lines = (magneto-motive force) / (magnetic reluctance) Synonyms--Magnetic Reluctance-Magnetic Resistance.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reluctance' in Nouns Frequency: #2955

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reluctance in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reluctance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of reluctance in a Sentence

  1. Floyd Abrams:

    I can understand CNN being reluctant to sue because the president keeps saying CNN is the enemy of me, and CNN might have reluctance to have a lawsuit titled' CNN vs. Donald Trump.' That said, yes, I think they should sue.

  2. Sigrid Kaag:

    As the economy has suffered from the crisis, unemployment has risen ... particularly in poorer areas and amongst the young people, so the debate on employment has always been very sensitive, and there was a reluctance to address it.

  3. Chris Williamson:

    Companies are citing greater uncertainty about the outlook, especially in export markets, leading to some scaling back of expansion plans and a greater reluctance for customers to place orders compared to earlier in the year, which suggests a slowdown could become more entrenched unless demand revives.

  4. Cristian Maggio:

    As the macroeconomic environment deteriorates - and it will deteriorate as that is an unavoidable consquence of falling foreign direct investment and tourism - you will see more reluctance to invest in Turkish securities.

  5. Claire Timperley:

    Jacinda Ardern has the most political capital Jacinda Ardern'll ever have now, barring some unforeseen event. But there has been somewhat of a reluctance to spend that political capital.

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