from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same a s reluctance.

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  • noun Obsolete spelling of reluctance.


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  • Kidd's reluctancy to shoot was part of the reason coach Avery Johnson benched him for the final 34 seconds of a pivotal game against San Antonio the night before.

  • Maybe this corporate money and the obligations it buys from the elected officials is the reason for dubious wars, reluctancy in environment protection and tax cuts for the rich in war times.

    The Corruption Trap, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Submitting by the advice of one part of her subjects to the menace of the others, and learning that Lindesay was arrived in a boasting, that is, threatening humour, the Queen, “with some reluctancy, and with tears,” saith Knox, subscribed one deed resigning her crown to her infant son, and another establishing the Earl of Murray regent.

    The Abbot

  • Lust counsels one thing, reason another, there is a new reluctancy in men.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • With that said, I believe that there was some reluctancy on K-Fed ` s part to execute a 50/50 shared visitation schedule.

    CNN Transcript Aug 9, 2007

  • Isaac, finding it was in vain to disguise himself, offered twenty shillings for a discharge, which she absolutely refused under fifty pounds: at last, however, she was brought down to five, which he paid with great reluctancy, rather than be prosecuted for a rape.

    The Adventures of Roderick Random

  • Then, you also have what Cardinal Ratsinger (ph) calls a certain European self-consciousness, which comes through, whereby even though the European cardinals may say theoretically they are open to an African pope, when it comes to the crunch, there will still be a certain reluctancy on their part to go into what is really a very much unknown.

    CNN Transcript Oct 25, 2003

  • BELVOIR: I have brought him, madam, but I am ashamed to say with what reluctancy.

    The Beau Defeated: or, The Lucky Younger Brother

  • But that thou mightest, reader, both know, and with equal indignation abhor, the snarlings and virulency of these men, take it in their own words, although I cannot without infinite reluctancy allege what they with all audaciousness have uttered.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • And herein you may observe two things: -- something intimated; and that is, an unwillingness in men to own these dispensations of God; hence the Lord undertakes himself to set on a conviction upon them, as a thing of great difficulty; -- and something expressed; which is the conviction itself that shall in the issue fall upon them, notwithstanding all their reluctancy.

    The Sermons of John Owen


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