unwilling - definition and synonyms


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  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.

derived words



She unwillingly agreed to go with them.


noun [uncountable]