Definition of unwillingness in English:



  • [mass noun] The quality or state of being unwilling to do something; reluctance:

    ‘he deplored the Government's unwillingness to provide adequate funds’
    • ‘The second reveals an unwillingness to face the commercial realities of the marketplace.’
    • ‘Those who dislike it do so for its stubborn unwillingness to judge the two young gunmen.’
    • ‘There are frequent complaints about unwillingness to work, lack of entrepreneurialism and aversion to risk.’
    • ‘Yet it is these very same people who have buried the community centre through their unwillingness to lift a finger to help out.’
    • ‘The federal government's unwillingness to take action has left it up to states.’
    disinclination, reluctance, slowness, lack of enthusiasm
    hesitation, hesitance, hesitancy, diffidence, coyness, timidity, timorousness, trepidation
    aversion to, dislike for, distaste for
    demurral, wavering, vacillation, foot-dragging
    resistance to, objection to, opposition to
    doubts, second thoughts, scruples, qualms, pangs of conscience, misgivings
    indisposedness, nolence, nolition, sweerness
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