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[often with infinitive] Not ready, eager, or prepared to do something:‘he was unwilling to take on that responsibility’‘unwilling conscripts’
reluctant, unenthusiastic, hesitant, afraid, resistant, grudging, involuntary, forced, enforceddisinclined, reluctant, averse, loath, indisposed, not in the mood, slow, not aboutView synonyms
- ‘Governments seem to be unwilling to use any but the most primitive strategies.’
- ‘Government wants a search and rescue system in place but is unwilling to pay.’
- ‘Not coincidentally, those people are also usually unwilling to pay a fair rate.’
- ‘Though they can't see clearly, most children are unwilling to let others know it.’
- ‘Maybe these people are just happy to be where they are, and unwilling to sell at any price.’
- ‘Some have disabilities which the parents are unable or unwilling to cope with.’
- ‘Some will be risk averse, others close to retirement and unwilling to jeopardise their futures.’
- ‘A bigger obstacle to hurling progress is the number of players unwilling to commit to the cause.’
- ‘If you are unwilling to go back to the city at night, you can easily find a farmer willing to provide a room for a very low charge.’
- ‘She cast herself as cautious, well prepared and unwilling to compromise her safety.’
- ‘Telecom has been unable or unwilling to make JetStream attractive to many of us.’
- ‘They are unwilling to accept a role for Congress in deciding how much aid money to spend.’
- ‘On this day the audience sat quietly when the second dance ended, as if quite unwilling to break the mood.’
- ‘People were either afraid or just plain unwilling to give sufficient evidence.’
- ‘The bull trade was slow as evident in all bull sales as farmers are unwilling to buy bulls at this time of year.’
- ‘He is unwilling to use the same pattern twice, because each customer wants his or her tattoo to be unique.’
- ‘According to Shanghai Youth Daily, most affluent locals are unwilling to be listed.’
- ‘It has signaled that it is essentially unwilling to grant its demands and is prepared for a long struggle.’
- ‘She fought him grimly, watched by other motorists unwilling to help, and then the man let go and ran.’
- ‘Funny how the group seemed unwilling to take questions on a press release they had prepared.’
Old English unwillende (see un-, willing).
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