reluctancenoun [ S or U ]uk /rɪˈlʌk.təns/ us /rɪˈlʌk.təns/
› an unwillingness to do something:
- 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.
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