Definition of unwilling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈwɪlɪŋ/


[often with infinitive]
Not ready, eager, or prepared to do something: he was unwilling to take on that responsibility unwilling conscripts
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  • She cast herself as cautious, well prepared and unwilling to compromise her safety.
  • Funny how the group seemed unwilling to take questions on a press release they had prepared.
  • It has signaled that it is essentially unwilling to grant its demands and is prepared for a long struggle.
reluctant, unenthusiastic, hesitant, afraid, resistant, grudging, involuntary, forced, enforced
disinclined, reluctant, averse, loath, indisposed, not in the mood, slow, not about;
(be unwilling to do something) not have the heart to, baulk at, jib at, demur at, shy away from, flinch from, recoil from, shrink from, mind, have qualms about, have scruples about, have misgivings about, have reservations about, stick at, think twice about, waver about, vacillate about, drag one's feet/heels over, can't be bothered doing something
informal be cagey about, boggle at
archaic sweer, disrelish something


Old English unwillende (see un-1, willing).

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