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Synonyms for unwilling
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unwilling(adj)

    not disposed or inclined toward

    "an unwilling assistant"; "unwilling to face facts"

    willing and able, volitional, ready, inclined(p), prepared, voluntary, disposed(p), fain, happy, glad, consenting, willing

  2. unwilling(adj)

    in spite of contrary volition

    consenting, inclined(p), voluntary, ready, willing and able, willing, disposed(p), volitional, fain, prepared, glad, happy

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. unwilling

    Reluctant (Latin re, back, and lucto, strive, struggle) signifies struggling against what one is urged or impelled to do, or is actually doing; averse (Latin a, from, and verto, turn) signifies turned away as with dislike or repugnance; loath (Anglo-Saxon lath, evil, hateful) signifies having a repugnance, disgust, or loathing for, tho the adjective loath is not so strong as the verb loathe. A dunce is always averse to study; a good student is disinclined to it when a fine morning tempts him out; he is indisposed to it in some hour of weariness. A man may be slow or backward in entering upon that to which he is by no means averse. A man is loath to believe evil of his friend, reluctant to speak of it, absolutely unwilling to use it to his injury. A legislator may be opposed to a certain measure, while not averse to what it aims to accomplish. Compare ANTIPATHY.

    averse, backward, disinclined, indisposed, loath, opposed, reluctant, slow

    desirous, disposed, eager, favorable, inclined, willing

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. unwilling

    averse, backward, disinclined, loth, reluctant

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. unwilling(a.)

    loath, disinclined, opposed, averse, reluctant, backward, indisposed, not disposed

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. unwilling(a)

    reluctant, indisposed, loath, disinclined, averse

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "unwilling":

    reluctant, recalcitrant, loath, reticent, willing

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  1. Felix Gedney:

    They seem to be moving with impunity through regime-held territory showing that the regime is either unwilling or unable to defeat (ISIS) within their borders.

  2. Tulsi Gabbard:

    Both sides have completely hardened their positions and are unwilling to come together and work out the differences, and that's the problem here.

  3. Wendy Liu:

    When everyone is bearish, and unwilling to put money into stocks, we should turn a bit bullish.

  4. Matt Brooks:

    His comment about Netanyahu and Israel is a pivot to deflect from the fact that he’s unwilling and unprepared to condemn the hatred of Mr. Farrakhan.

  5. Eric Swalwell:

    I think House Judiciary Committee’s premature at this point — we should do all we can to make sure that he’s held accountable, that weconduct the investigations the Republicans have been unwilling to do.

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