Definition of unwilling adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʌnˈwɪlɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʌnˈwɪlɪŋ//
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  1. 1  [not usually before noun] unwilling (to do something) not wanting to do something and refusing to do it They are unwilling to invest any more money in the project. She was unable, or unwilling, to give me any further details.
  2. 2[only before noun] not wanting to do or be something, but forced to by other people synonym reluctant an unwilling hero He became the unwilling object of her attention. She found herself the unwilling participant in an emotional tug of war. opposite willing
  3. Word OriginOld English unwillende (see un-, willing).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: unwilling