- not willing; reluctant; loath; averse: an unwilling partner in the crime.
- opposed; offering resistance; stubborn or obstinate; refractory: an unwilling captive.
Origin of unwilling
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Examples from the Web for unwillingness
But an absence of niceties nor an unwillingness to conform is not a legitimate cause for impeachment.The University of Texas’s Machiavellian War on Its Regent
October 27, 2014
His unwillingness to marry her and settle down has only increased her fervor.Miss Piggy Leans In
March 23, 2014
But the price of bipartisanship in the Obama era at least has been an unwillingness until recently to openly oppose the president.How AIPAC Botched Its Biggest Fight in Years
February 11, 2014
So the U.S. government is about to run out of money and may announce its unwillingness to meet legal debt obligations.Shutdown? What Shutdown? It’s Time to Buy U.S. Government Bonds!
September 23, 2013
An unwillingness to process economic failure condemned it to a slower-than-normal recovery.Japan’s Fiscal Crossroads: Will Abenomics Mean Tougher Changes?
July 26, 2013
My unwillingness to be driven from her presence determined me to stay.Bardelys the Magnificent
The doctor shook his head; he understood the captain's unwillingness.
“That accounts for his unwillingness to talk about Africa,” went on Susan.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
He felt an unwillingness to close with her, to get it by force.An Outcast of the Islands
This is not in the least from unwillingness to allow freedom to others.
- unfavourably inclined; reluctant
- performed, given, or said with reluctance
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Word Origin and History for unwillingness
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