unwilling

adjective
un·​will·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈwi-liŋ How to pronounce unwilling (audio) \

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

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Other Words from unwilling

unwillingly \ ˌən-​ˈwi-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce unwilling (audio) \ adverb
unwillingness noun

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 on the Web Some of Alito’s colleagues appeared unwilling to overturn Smith based on his hypothetical scenario. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 17 June 2021 But one year after transformative protests and a widespread corporate embrace of Juneteenth, much of this country is showing itself to be unready or unwilling to have those conversations. Peniel E. Joseph, CNN, 16 June 2021 With many people unwilling to enter stores, even to go grocery shopping, placing orders online and picking them up curbside has become a popular buying option. George Kocher, Forbes, 16 June 2021 The Houston Methodist employees likened their situation to medical experiments performed on unwilling victims in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Anchorage Daily News, 15 June 2021 The Houston Methodist employees likened their situation to medical experiments performed on unwilling victims in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Juan A. Lozano And Brian Melley, chicagotribune.com, 14 June 2021 The Houston Methodist employees likened their situation to medical experiments performed on unwilling victims in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. CBS News, 14 June 2021 Bryan Perez was among the gaggle of shoeless, shirtless kids who took pocket change to look after the cars of surfers at that rocky beach when a tourist broke a board and, unwilling to carry it home, gave it to the skinny boy as a gift. Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2021 For Allison, help comes at the (initially unwilling) hands of her surly neighbor, Patty O’Connor (Mary Hollis Inboden). Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, 13 June 2021

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First Known Use of unwilling

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jun 2021

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“Unwilling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwilling. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for unwilling

unwilling

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unwilling

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

unwilling

adjective
un·​will·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈwi-liŋ How to pronounce unwilling (audio) \

Kids Definition of unwilling

: not willing : reluctant

Other Words from unwilling

unwillingly adverb
unwillingness noun

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