reluctance


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the state of not being disposed or inclined

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

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This, you see, Cousin Bess, is the natural reluctance of a half-breed to leave the savage state.
The remarkable and ill-concealed reluctance of the youth to accept of an offer, which most men in his situation would consider as an unhoped-for elevation, occasioned no little surprise in those to whom he was a stranger; and it left a slight impression to his disadvantage.
If even the rule adopted should in practice justify the equality of its principle, still delinquencies in payments on the part of some of the States would result from a diversity of other causes -- the real deficiency of resources; the mismanagement of their finances; accidental disorders in the management of the government; and, in addition to the rest, the reluctance with which men commonly part with money for purposes that have outlived the exigencies which produced them, and interfere with the supply of immediate wants.
Owen Ford separated himself from the life-book, with as much reluctance as a miser wrenches himself from his gold, long enough to drink his tea, and then returned to it hungrily.
In very truth, we have an invincible reluctance to disclose what Miss Hepzibah Pyncheon was about to do.
Some scruples and some reluctance the widowerfather may be supposed to have felt; but as they were overcome by other considerations, the child was given up to the care and the wealth of the Churchills, and he had only his own comfort to seek, and his own situation to improve as he could.
Elinor submitted to the arrangement which counteracted her wishes with less reluctance than she had expected to feel.
He loved me so truly, that he knew no reluctance in profiting by my attendance: he felt I loved him so fondly, that to yield that attendance was to indulge my sweetest wishes.
She had felt unwilling to mention her suspicions to Miss Garth, until those suspicions had been confirmed -- and she now recoiled, with even greater reluctance, from allowing her daughters to be in any way alarmed about her.
I received now no benefit from bezoar, the horn of the unicorn, or any of the usual antidotes, but found myself obliged to make use of an extraordinary remedy, which I submitted to with extreme reluctance.
He spoke of the ill-concealed reluctance with which the Puritans in America had acknowledged the sway of Charles II.
It was with the greatest reluctance that he returned to his companions.
She was able to free herself from her oppressive husband who, ironically, led her to finding the "real" Palestine despite his reluctance to have her participate independently of him in delivering humanitarian aid to Palestinians.
Delegates heard that the church could be one of the greatest resources in the fight against HW/AIDS but is one of the weakest because of reluctance to openly address issues of human sexuality.
POLICE were today battling against the reluctance of witnesses to come forward as they continued to hunt the killers who gunned down two teenage girls at a party.