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.]
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