Unwilling
Unwilling Un*will"ing, a. Not willing; loath; disinclined; reluctant; as, an unwilling servant. [1913 Webster]

And drop at last, but in unwilling ears, This saving counsel, ``Keep your piece nine years.'' --Pope. [1913 Webster] -- {Un*will"ing*ly}, adv. -- {Un*will"ing*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • unwilling — adj. unwilling to + inf. (she is unwilling to participate) * * * [ʌn wɪlɪŋ] unwilling to + inf. (she is unwilling to participate) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • unwilling — un|will|ing [ ʌn wılıŋ ] adjective * 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. 2. ) only before noun involved in doing… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • unwilling — adjective Date: before 12th century not willing: a. loath, reluctant < was unwilling to learn > b. done or given reluctantly < unwilling approval > c. offering opposition ; obstinate < an unwilling student > • unwillingly …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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