Definition of unwilling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌənˈwiliNG/


[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, resistant, grudging, involuntary, forced
disinclined, reluctant, averse, loath;
(be unwilling to do something) not have the heart to, balk at, refuse to, demur at, shy away from, flinch from, shrink from, have qualms about, have misgivings about, have reservations about


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

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Syllabification: un·will·ing

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