Re*luct"(r?-l?kt"), v. i. [L. reluctari, p. p. reluctatus, to struggle; pref. re- re- + luctari to struggle, fr. lucia a wresting.] To strive or struggle against anything; to make resistance; to draw back; to feel or show repugnance or reluctance.
Apt to reluct at the excesses of it [passion].Walton.
Re*luc"tan*cy(-tan-s?), } n. [See Reluctant.] 1. 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.
Syn. See Dislike.
He had some reluctance to obey the summons.Sir W. Scott.
Bear witness, Heaven, with what reluctancyDryden.
Her helpless innocence I doom to die.
(Elec.) Magnetic resistance, being equal to the ratio of magnetomotive force to magnetic flux.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
New - Add Dictionary Search to Your Site
You can add a free dictionary search box to your own web site by copying and pasting the following HTML into one of your web pages:
<form action="http://www.freedict.co.uk/search.php" method="post"> <p style="text-align: center; font-family: sans-serif;"> <a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://www.freedict.co.uk/" title="FreeDict free online dictionary">FreeDict</a> <input type="text" name="word" size="20" value="" /> <input type="submit" name="submit" value="Search Dictionary" /> </p> </form>
Mon 17th May 2021