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."


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

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


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