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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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unwell, unwept, unwholesome, unwieldy, unwilled, unwilling, unwincing, unwind, unwinking, unwinnable, unwired

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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British Dictionary definitions for unwillingness

unwilling

/ (ʌnˈwɪlɪŋ) /

adjective

unfavourably inclined; reluctant
performed, given, or said with reluctance
Derived Formsunwillingly, adverbunwillingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unwillingness

unwilling


adj.

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

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