Meaning of “reluctance” in the English Dictionary

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"reluctance" in British English

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reluctancenoun [ S or U ]

uk /rɪˈlʌk.təns/ us /rɪˈlʌk.təns/

an unwillingness to do something:

I accepted his resignation with great reluctance.
[ + to infinitive ] Her reluctance to talk to the press was quite understandable.

More examples

  • Her reluctance to contribute financially is going to cause problems for us.
  • I fully understand his reluctance to leave his children.
  • I don't understand her reluctance to come.
  • He tried to explain his reluctance to get involved.
  • The reluctance of either side to compromise means that the talks are doomed to fail.

(Definition of “reluctance” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)