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adjective unwilling pronunciation in British English /ʌnˈwɪlɪŋ/
  1. 1
    if you are unwilling to do something, you do not want to do it or you refuse to do it
    unwilling to do something:

    Jane was unwilling to admit she was wrong.

    The government seems unable or unwilling to make further concessions.

  2. 2
    [only before noun] involved in doing something that you do not want to do

    She always claimed she was an unwilling participant in the incident.

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She unwillingly agreed to go with them.


noun [uncountable]

The government has shown an unwillingness to negotiate on this issue.


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