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 Dictionary entry overview: What does reluctance mean? 

  The noun RELUCTANCE has 2 senses:

1. (physics) opposition to magnetic flux (analogous to electric resistance)
2. a certain degree of unwillingness

  Familiarity information: RELUCTANCE used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1reluctance [BACK TO TOP]


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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Hypernyms ("reluctance" is a kind of...):

electrical phenomenon (a physical phenomenon involving electricity)

Domain category:

natural philosophy; physical science; physics (the science of matter and energy and their interactions)

Sense 2reluctance [BACK TO TOP]


A certain degree of unwillingness

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


disinclination; hesitancy; hesitation; indisposition; reluctance

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("reluctance" is a kind of...):

involuntariness; unwillingness (the trait of being unwilling)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reluctance"):

sloth; slothfulness (a disinclination to work or exert yourself)

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