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unwilling

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

before 900; Old English unwillende (not recorded in ME); see un-1, willing

OTHER WORDS FROM unwilling

un·will·ing·ly, adverbun·will·ing·ness, noun
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How to use unwilling in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for unwilling

unwilling
/ (ʌnˈwɪlɪŋ) /

adjective
unfavourably inclined; reluctant
performed, given, or said with reluctance

Derived forms of unwilling

unwillingly, adverbunwillingness, noun
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