(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Nouns — unwillingness, indisposition, disinclination, aversion, dislike; nolleity, nolition, renitence; reluctance; indocility, obstinacy, noncompliance, refusal; scrupulousness, fastidiousness, delicacy; scruple, qualm, demur, shrinking; hesitancy, irresolution, indecision, uncertainty. See resistance, refusal.
Verbs — be unwilling, grudge, dislike, not have the stomach to; scruple, stickle, stick at, boggle at, shy at, demur, hesitate, hang back, hang fire, lag, recoil, shrink; avoid (see avoidance); oppose, refuse. Slang, duck.
Adjectives — unwilling, not in the mood or vein; loath, disinclined, indisposed, averse, renitent, reluctant, recalcitrant, balky, demurring, objecting, unconsenting, refusing, grudging, dragging, adverse, opposed, laggard, backward, remiss, slack, slow (to); scrupulous, squeamish, fastidious; involuntary, forced; repugnant.
Adverbs — unwillingly, grudgingly, with bad grace, with an ill will; against one's will, à contre-cœur, against one's wishes; against the grain, with a heavy heart; nolens volens, willy-nilly; in spite of oneself, malgré soi; perforce, under protest; no. See negation.
Phrases — not for the world. Informal, not on your life.
Quotations — Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel and shining morning face, creeping like a snail unwillingly to school (Shakespeare), There is nothing we receive with so much reluctance as advice (Joseph Addison).
Antonyms, see will, desire.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun The state of not being disposed or inclined: averseness, disinclination, indisposition, reluctance. See WILLING.

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