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reluctance

[ri-luhk-tuh ns] /rɪˈlʌk təns/
noun
1.
unwillingness; disinclination:
reluctance to speak in public.
2.
Electricity. the resistance to magnetic flux offered by a magnetic circuit, determined by the permeability and arrangement of the materials of the circuit.
Also, reluctancy.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; reluct(ant) + -ance
Related forms
prereluctance, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for prereluctance

reluctance

/rɪˈlʌktəns/
noun
1.
lack of eagerness or willingness; disinclination
2.
(physics) a measure of the resistance of a closed magnetic circuit to a magnetic flux, equal to the ratio of the magnetomotive force to the magnetic flux
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Word Origin and History for prereluctance
reluctance
1640s, "act of struggling against," from obsolete verb reluct "to struggle or rebel against" (1520s), from L. reluctari "to struggle against," from re- "against" + luctari "to struggle." Meaning "unwillingness" is first attested 1660s.
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