unwilling

[uhn-wil-ing]
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adjective
  1. not willing; reluctant; loath; averse: an unwilling partner in the crime.
  2. opposed; offering resistance; stubborn or obstinate; refractory: an unwilling captive.

Origin of unwilling

before 900; Old English unwillende (not recorded in ME); see un-1, willing
Related formsun·will·ing·ly, adverbun·will·ing·ness, noun
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unwilling

adjective
  1. unfavourably inclined; reluctant
  2. performed, given, or said with reluctance
Derived Formsunwillingly, adverbunwillingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unwilling
adj.

Old English unwillende, from un- (1) "not" + willing. Re-formed 16c. Related: Unwillingly; unwillingness.

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