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unwilling

[uhn-wil-ing] /ʌnˈwɪl ɪŋ/
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
900
before 900; Old English unwillende (not recorded in ME); see un-1, willing
Related forms
unwillingly, adverb
unwillingness, noun
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  • And as days went on, and the cloud grew blacker, my feeling of unwillingness increased.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • My unwillingness to be driven from her presence determined me to stay.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • This was the first instance in which Nat had exhibited any unwillingness to take up a new study.

    The Bobbin Boy William M. Thayer
  • “That accounts for his unwillingness to talk about Africa,” went on Susan.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • Disobedience and a spirit of unwillingness knock holes in the bag.

British Dictionary definitions for unwillingness

unwilling

/ʌnˈwɪlɪŋ/
adjective
1.
unfavourably inclined; reluctant
2.
performed, given, or said with reluctance
Derived Forms
unwillingly, adverb
unwillingness, 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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