UNWILLING: Synonyms and Related Words. What is Another Word for UNWILLING?

Need another word that means the same as “unwilling”? Find 16 synonyms and 30 related words for “unwilling” in this overview.

The synonyms of “Unwilling” are: reluctant, unenthusiastic, hesitant, afraid, resistant, grudging, involuntary, forced, enforced, disinclined, averse, loath, indisposed, not in the mood, slow, not about

Unwilling as an Adjective

Definitions of "Unwilling" as an adjective

According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “unwilling” as an adjective can have the following definitions:

  • In spite of contrary volition.
  • Not ready, eager, or prepared to do something.
  • Not disposed or inclined toward.

Synonyms of "Unwilling" as an adjective (16 Words)

afraidFeeling worry or concern or insecurity.
I m often afraid to go out on the streets.
averseStrongly opposed.
The bank s approach has been risk averse.
disinclinedUnwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval.
Disinclined to say anything to anybody.
enforcedCaused by necessity or force; compulsory.
A life of enforced inactivity.
forcedForced or compelled.
Promised to abolish forced labor.
grudgingPetty or reluctant in giving or spending.
Grudging acceptance of his opponent s victory.
hesitantTentative, unsure, or slow in acting or speaking.
Clients are hesitant about buying.
indisposedStrongly opposed.
Clearly indisposed to grant their request.
involuntaryControlled by the autonomic nervous system; without conscious control.
Gave an involuntary start.
loath(usually followed by `to’) strongly opposed.
I was loath to leave.
not aboutOn the move.
not in the moodCurrently fashionable.
reluctantUnwillingness to do something contrary to your custom.
Reluctant to help.
resistantDenoting starch that is not easily broken down by enzymes within the body and is therefore minimally absorbed during digestion.
Cooked rice like bread contains a useful amount of resistant starch which acts like fibre in the digestive system.
slowOf a sports field or ground likely to make the ball bounce or run slowly or to prevent competitors from travelling fast.
He was slow in reacting to the news.
unenthusiasticNot enthusiastic; lacking excitement or ardor.
Unenthusiastic applause.

Usage Examples of "Unwilling" as an adjective

  • An unwilling assistant.
  • An unwilling smile.
  • Unwilling conscripts.
  • He was unwilling to take on that responsibility.
  • Unwilling to face facts.

Associations of "Unwilling" (30 Words)

abominateFind repugnant.
They abominated the very idea of monarchy.
abominationA person who is loathsome or disgusting.
Concrete abominations masquerading as hotels.
averseStrongly opposed.
Averse to taking risks.
avertTurn away (one’s eyes or thoughts.
They averted their eyes when the King entered.
defianceIntentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude.
An act of defiance.
detestDislike intensely.
She detests politicians.
detestationHate coupled with disgust.
He is the detestation of the neighbourhood.
disinclinationA certain degree of unwillingness.
His disinclination for modesty is well known.
disinclinedUnwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval.
The rural community was disinclined to abandon the old ways.
dislikeHave or feel a dislike or distaste for.
They had taken a dislike to each other.
execrateFind repugnant.
They were execrated as dangerous and corrupt.
grudgingOf especially an attitude.
Gave grudging consent.
hateExpress strong dislike for; criticize or abuse.
The boys hate each other.
hesitancyThe quality or state of being hesitant.
Jackson took advantage of some hesitancy in the defence to rifle in a shot.
hesitantlyIn a tentative or unsure manner.
He finally accepted hesitantly.
hesitatingTentative, unsure, or slow in acting or speaking.
His hesitating delivery.
hesitatinglyWith hesitation; in a hesitant manner.
irresolutionDoubt concerning two or more possible alternatives or courses of action.
A moment of irresolution.
loathReluctant; unwilling.
Loath to admit a mistake.
loatheFind repugnant.
She loathed him on sight.
loathingA feeling of intense dislike or disgust; hatred.
The thought filled him with loathing.
lurkRead the postings in an internet forum without actively contributing.
A ruthless killer still lurked in the darkness.
negativelyIn a way that indicates absence of a certain substance or condition.
Women who originally tested negatively for the hepatitis C virus.
reluctance(physics) opposition to magnetic flux (analogous to electric resistance.
A reluctance to commit himself.
reluctantUnwillingness to do something contrary to your custom.
They were usually reluctant to socialize.
reluctantlyIn an unwilling and hesitant way.
He reluctantly agrees to do his duty.
skulkAvoid responsibilities and duties, e.g., by pretending to be ill.
The skulk howls away into the night.
unintentionalWithout deliberate intent- George Macdonald.
An unintentional pun.
unwillinglyIn an unwilling manner.
Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight.
vacillatingWavering between different opinions or actions; irresolute.
He was accused of vacillating leadership.

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