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reluctance

noun [S or U] uk   /rɪˈlʌk.təns/ us  
an unwillingness to do something: I accepted his resignation with great reluctance. [+ to infinitive] Her reluctance to talk to the press was quite understandable.
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Translations of “reluctance”
in Korean 마지못해 함…
in Arabic مُمانعة…
in Portuguese relutância…
in Catalan desgana…
in Japanese 気が進まないこと, 不本意, 不承不承…
in Italian riluttanza…
in Chinese (Traditional) 勉強, 不情願…
in Chinese (Simplified) 勉强, 不情愿…
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