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 Dictionary entry overview: What does unwilling mean? 

UNWILLING (adjective)
  The adjective UNWILLING has 2 senses:

1. not disposed or inclined toward
2. in spite of contrary volition

  Familiarity information: UNWILLING used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

UNWILLING (adjective)

Sense 1unwilling [BACK TO TOP]


Not disposed or inclined toward

Context example:

an unwilling assistant


grudging (of especially an attitude)

loath; loth; reluctant (unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom)

unintentional; unwilled (without deliberate intent)


defiant; noncompliant (boldly resisting authority or an opposing force)

disinclined (unwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval)

involuntary; nonvoluntary; unvoluntary (not subject to the control of the will)


disposition; temperament (your usual mood)


willing (disposed or inclined toward)

Sense 2unwilling [BACK TO TOP]


In spite of contrary volition


involuntary; nonvoluntary; unvoluntary (not subject to the control of the will)

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