unwillingness

unwilling

[uhn-wil-ing]
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:
before 900; Old English unwillende (not recorded in ME); see un-1, willing

unwillingly, adverb
unwillingness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To unwillingness
Collins
World English Dictionary
unwilling (ʌnˈwɪlɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  unfavourably inclined; reluctant
2.  performed, given, or said with reluctance
 
un'willingly
 
adv
 
un'willingness
 
n

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

unwilling
O.E. unwillende, from un- (1) "not" + willing. Re-formed 16c.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;