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[mass noun] The quality or state of being unwilling to do something; reluctance:‘he deplored the Government's unwillingness to provide adequate funds’
disinclination, reluctance, slowness, lack of enthusiasmhesitation, hesitance, hesitancy, diffidence, coyness, timidity, timorousness, trepidationaversion to, dislike for, distaste fordemurral, wavering, vacillation, foot-draggingresistance to, objection to, opposition todoubts, second thoughts, scruples, qualms, pangs of conscience, misgivingsdisrelishindisposedness, nolence, nolition, sweernessView synonyms
- ‘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.’
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