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Re*luc"tance (r?-l?k"tans), Re*luc"tan*cy (-tan-s?), n. [See Reluctant.]

The state or quality of being reluctant; repugnance; aversion of mind; unwillingness; -- often followed by an infinitive, or by to and a noun, formerly sometimes by against. "Tempering the severity of his looks with a reluctance to the action." Dryden.

He had some reluctance to obey the summons.
Sir W. Scott.

Bear witness, Heaven, with what reluctancy
Her helpless innocence I doom to die.

Syn. See Dislike.


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Re*luc"tance, n. (Elec.)

Magnetic resistance, being equal to the ratio of magnetomotive force to magnetic flux.


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