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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
900
before 900; Old English unwillende (not recorded in ME); see un-1, willing
Related forms
unwillingly, adverb
unwillingness, noun
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  • Librarians often are unwilling to admit that such crimes could occur within their sanctuaries.
  • By eating mosquitoes, the spider avoids the risk of being squashed by an unwilling blood donor.
  • Yet many stay on, unable or unwilling to return to their cruel homeland.
  • We have to be able to draw some sort of a personal line that we're unwilling to cross.
  • The cold stiffened our fingers, making them unwilling to grasp and haul on icy ropes.
  • In drug cases, in particular, prospective jurors seem increasingly unwilling to trust the testimony of the police.
  • Farmers had been forced out of the business and were unwilling to talk.
  • Amateurs are building affordable electrics, while huge corporations seem unwilling or unable to do so.
  • Others are unwilling to wait for the gasoline processor.
  • There are a lot of potential downsides to trees if you are unwilling to manage them.
British Dictionary definitions for unwilling

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 unwilling
adj.

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

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