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 unwillingly (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

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Many elected to skip the remainder of the first home game, abandoning Bryant-Denny Stadium by the start of the second half Saturday — unwilling to suffer in the extreme heat while watching a lopsided affair that Alabama led 38-0 at the break. Rainer Sabin | Rsabin@al.com, al, "What did Alabama get out of playing New Mexico State?," 7 Sep. 2019 China’s Hong Kong puppet regime, albeit bankrupt of any legitimacy, is still unwilling to cede power to the people. Joshua Wong, Quartz, "How to fight for democracy when the government keeps throwing you in jail," 3 Sep. 2019 So if law enforcement in a legal state cannot do anything about marijuana found at an airport and TSA agents are unwilling to deal with it, then is the passenger simply free to board a plane with marijuana after the heat dies down? Mike Adams, chicagotribune.com, "Flying with legal weed: Does TSA care about marijuana?," 3 Sep. 2019 White Californians in the 1960s were still largely unwilling to live in mixed-race neighborhoods, and in 1964 real estate brokers gathered signatures for a voter initiative, Proposition 14, to repeal the Rumford Act. Conor Dougherty, New York Times, "Overlooked No More: William Byron Rumford, a Civil Rights Champion in California," 7 Aug. 2019 Now In the video Winter-White shared, Keith is unwilling to be distracted by the off-camera voice of his wife Margaret asking him questions. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Everyone Loves This Heartwarming Story of This Grandpa Who Lives to Give His Loved Ones Manicures," 5 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, the provincial government is complaining about paying million for upkeep on empty venues, with the national government unwilling to assume the costs. Stephen Wade, The Seattle Times, "Tokyo Olympics: Costs hit almost $25 billion _ may go higher," 9 Oct. 2018 And therefore is unwilling to be challenged by any outside authority that might question the truth, and particularly the lack of scientific evidence, of such statements. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Gwyneth Paltrow split with Condé Nast because they wanted her to use a fact checker," 26 July 2018 Riley, a league source said, is unwilling to trade a king's ransom for a player entering the final season of his contract who will not commit to a long term deal to stay with the Heat. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "Has Pat Riley's approach with the Heat changed now that LeBron is headed out west?," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of unwilling

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unwilling

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


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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