unwilling

adjective un·will·ing \ ˌən-ˈwi-liŋ \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of unwilling

: not willing:
a : loath, reluctant
  • was unwilling to learn
b : done or given reluctantly
  • unwilling approval
c : offering opposition : obstinate
  • an unwilling student

unwillingly

play \ˌən-ˈwi-liŋ-lē\ adverb

unwillingness

noun

Examples of unwilling in a Sentence

  1. He was an unwilling participant in the demonstration.

  2. unwilling contributions from city employees who felt pressured to do so

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First Known Use of unwilling

before 12th century


UNWILLING Defined for English Language Learners

unwilling

adjective

Definition of unwilling for English Language Learners

  • : not wanting to do something

  • : made to do something that you do not want to do


UNWILLING Defined for Kids

unwilling

adjective un·will·ing \ ˌən-ˈwi-liŋ \

Definition of unwilling for Students

: not willing : reluctant

unwillingly

adverb

unwillingness

noun


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