Definition of reluctance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//rɪˈlʌktəns//
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈlʌktəns//
[uncountable, singular] reluctance (to do something)
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the feeling of being unwilling to do something and hesitating before you do it, because you do not want to do it or because you are not sure that it is the right thing to do There is still some reluctance on the part of employers to become involved in this project. They finally agreed to our terms with a certain reluctance. It was with great reluctance that she took early retirement. opposite eagerness