Examples of unwilling in a Sentence
He was an unwilling participant in the demonstration.
unwilling contributions from city employees who felt pressured to do so
Recent Examples of unwilling from the Web
There’s money to be made overseas, but a player unwilling to take on the challenges of college might not be an ideal fit for leagues with foreign languages and unfamiliar cultures.
Even fervent supporters of the project in the House were unwilling to predict the showdown Trump is looking for.
Abuses included driving a knife into the eye of one victim and beating a 15-year-old boy to death, the rights group said, accusing Burundi’s government of being unwilling to restrain youth militia members.
Here's a new report from the good people at The Marshall Project about how prison rape is a problem that the federal courts seem unable—or unwilling—to solve.
Federer uses his ability to read his opponents habits and weaknesses to punish those who are too rigid in their game, unwilling to venture out of a comfort zone and adjust to the demands of the moment.
Some parents are unwilling to send their children—particularly girls—to secondary school to mix with non-Roma.
Unwilling to risk another 10 years in prison, Tapp took the deal.
Things get complicated for worshippers are unable or unwilling to eat gluten, because bread forms an important part of Catholic religious practice.
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First Known Use of unwilling
before 12th century
Synonymscoerced, forced, unintended, unintentional, involuntary, will-less
Antonymsdeliberate, freewill, intentional, uncoerced, unforced, voluntary, willful (or wilful), willing
Related Wordsaccidental, unplanned, unpremeditated; automatic, impulsive, instinctive, spontaneous, unprompted; inadvertent, unconscious, unknowing, unwitting
Near Antonymsadvised, conscious, considered, knowing, planned, premeditated, premeditative, prepense, purposeful; volitional; self-imposed, self-inflicted
UNWILLING Defined for English Language Learners
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
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