• The Reluctant Thruster
    The Reluctant Thruster
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Reluctate To struggle against anything; to resist; to oppose. "To delude their reluctating consciences."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • reluctate To struggle against something; be reluctant.
    • reluctate To struggle against; encounter with reluctance or unwillingness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Reluctate to be reluctant
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  • Publius Terentius Afer
    Publius Terentius Afer
    “There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly.”
  • Seneca
    “Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “A soul that is reluctant to share does not as a rule have much of its own. Miserliness is here a symptom of meagerness.”
  • Victor Hugo
    “Do not ask the name of the person who seeks a bed for the night. He who is reluctant to give his name is the one who most needs shelter.”
  • Norman Douglas
    “How hard it is, sometimes, to trust the evidence of one's senses! How reluctantly the mind consents to reality.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Reluct
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. reluctans, -antis, pr.p. of reluctārire-, against, luctāri, to struggle.


In literature:

At first he seems reluctant, but finally gives with more or less grace.
"Quiet Talks on Prayer" by S. D. (Samuel Dickey) Gordon
He opened it almost reluctantly, wondering at himself.
"The Testing of Diana Mallory" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Reluctantly she came to earth.
"The Tidal Wave and Other Stories" by Ethel May Dell
She parted with him before their tent with no further sign of reluctance.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
She began to acquiesce, though with a reluctant air.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, 1862" by Various
His action was slow, his look reluctant.
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
She urged the reluctant Kitty on, and rode into it carelessly.
"The Elephant God" by Gordon Casserly
As to the last, Darrell questioned, and Ashe somewhat reluctantly replied.
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
To the clamour of Louis and Joseph the Emperor and Josephine seemed reluctantly to yield.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
A dozen reluctant boys hopped overboard and pushed us off.
"African Camp Fires" by Stewart Edward White
She did so reluctantly, however.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
At this period Aunt Alice went to bed with reluctance.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
She became aware that Yaverland's eyes were upon her, and she slowly smiled, reluctantly unveiling her good will to him.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
Then reluctantly he gave in.
"Joan Thursday" by Louis Joseph Vance
Flushed, faintly reluctant Pamela lifted her face in response.
"The Bigamist" by F.E. Mills Young
There was reluctance in the movement, and a suggestion that at any moment he was prepared to withdraw them suddenly.
"Mrs. Bindle" by Hebert Jenkins
Now reluctantly he rose to his feet and determined to resume his journey.
"Wang the Ninth" by Putnam Weale
She was reluctant to waken me, but left me her prettiest card.
"Mavis of Green Hill" by Faith Baldwin
Roger's reluctant step came up the oak staircase, and his tap on the door.
"Notwithstanding" by Mary Cholmondeley
Reluctantly Richard followed his example.
"The Black Moth" by Georgette Heyer

In poetry:

Spare the fine tremors of her feeling frame!
To thee she turns—forgive a virgin's fears!
To thee she turns with surest, tenderest claim;
Weakness that charms, reluctance that endears!
"To a Friend on his Marriage" by Samuel Rogers
Bring me their buds, to shed
Around my dying bed, A breath of May, and of the wood's repose;
For I in sooth depart,
With a reluctant heart,
That fain would linger where the bright sun glows.
"The Last Wish" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
V. But who, not witness, can the toils divine
That wait them here? the straining nerve to force,
By pole, by paddle, lifting hand, or line,
Full up reluctant streams, their conquering course?
"The Toils Of The Voyager" by George Jehoshaphat Mountain
Roses strew, and myrtles bring,
Till you drain the wasted Spring;—
The altars are already drest,
The bower is fitted for its guest,
The scattered rose begins to fade,—
Come away, reluctant maid!
"Epithalamium" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
And when the blessed dawn again
Brought daylight to the blushing skies,
We woke, and not RELUCTANT then,
To joyless LABOUR did we rise;
But full of hope, and glad and gay,
We welcomed the returning day.
"Past Days" by Anne Bronte
The lowliest born of all the land,
He wrung from Fate's reluctant hand
The gifts which happier boyhood claims;
And, tasting on a thankless soil
The bitter bread of unpaid toil,
He fed his soul with noble aims.
"Wilson" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

"60 Minutes" turned the rumpled writer into an unlikely — and reluctant — TV celebrity, died Friday night, only weeks after retiring from the show.
The governor's plan is not going over well with Republicans who are reluctant to change the state's drug laws, especially during an election year.
Many citizens are reluctant to report rapes to police.
Why are people in public life so reluctant to admit a mistake.
Coach Pat Shurmur reluctantly announced Tuesday that quarterback Brandon Weeden won't play in the final preseason game Thursday against the Chicago Bears.
New data shows that Americans' reluctance to take vacation could be boosting companies' bottom lines.
To say 6-year-old Nick Baker is reluctant to get a flu shot would be a giant understatement.
In his final debate with President Obama, right, former Gov Mitt Romney sounded reluctant to use military force.
In today's Sexist Beatdown, we discussed the reluctance to accept men as victims of sexual assault.
Cervera asked her daughter to also buy her a lottery ticket, which she reluctantly did.
5 Northwest Missouri State's 56-6 run-away against Washburn, No 20 Emporia State might be more reluctant than usual about airing it out Saturday at Bearcat Stadium.
Mr NDour was initially reluctant to participate in the project.
But when he called, she was reluctant to go out.
Think of them as reluctant warriors.
Republican ' Soft Money ' Groups Find Business Reluctant to Give.

In science:

The Copenhagen version of quantum theory is thus a hybrid of the old familiar classical theory, which physicists were understandably reluctant to abandon completely, and a totally new theory based on radically different concepts.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
However, most physicists were more interested in experiments on relatively simple atomic systems, and were understandably reluctant to get sucked into the huge question of the connection between mind and brain.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Maple (somehow reluctantly) shows that the root closest to zero is real and is about 0.78397 (there is another real root of about 0.927122) and the next closest to zero roots are complex conjugate and have absolute value around 0.81914.
Average number of distinct part sizes in a random Carlitz composition
Sparsity is mostly attributable to the reluctance of users to rate artifacts.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Reluctance results from a lack of time, patience, or willingness to participate.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Without crossing over to an implicit approach, researchers have identified strategies to deal with reluctance to make an explicit feedback requirement less noticeable and taxing [55, 86].
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Implicit approaches toward modeling users were developed in response to the pervasive reluctance to evaluate recommended artifacts and, although less emphasized, the possibility of building richer representations than with explicit approaches.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Unfortunately, there exist a great reluctance against the idea of incompleteness of the scientific knowledge: a good theory has to offer a complete knowledge, even at risk of changing the meaning of the word ”complete”.
Outline for a formal general theory of physical measurements
Let us also notice that many persons, including many scientists, have a very deep rooted reluctance and aversion to accept the possibility of the existence of extraterrestrial species much more advanced and intelligent than us, who could even visit our planet.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
For example, why even the authors of [BGLS] were reluctant to use any of the three algorithms presented in [BGLS]? I tested all of their three algorithms: they work, although some clarifications (see [Sh2]) are needed.
How to realize Lie algebras by vector fields
It is suggesting that relativistic theories linear in the accelerations, for which characteristic surface terms are commonly neglected, are, as a generic feature, reluctant to quantization.
Ostrogradski approach for the Regge-Teitelboim type cosmology
Therefore, many Oregonians have perhaps become more reluctant to stigmatize themselves as PL borrowers, or unwilling to risk falling into what the majority of Oregon’s policymakers saw as a debt trap.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
Riemann was reluctant to publish incomplete work.
Lorenz's electromagnetic theory of light
Acknowledgements: I am grateful to Andrew Murray for comments to earlier versions of the text and to Lennart for verifying that it contains no factual errors. Lennart agreed, though with great reluctance, that I distribute this report.
Astrometry during the past 2000 years
Such BSs operating on renewable energy resources are expensive and network operators have been reluctant to adopt them because of fear of little commercial viability and lack of equipment expertise.
Green Cellular Networks: A Survey, Some Research Issues and Challenges