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obliging

[uh-blahy-jing]
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adjective
  1. willing or eager to do favors, offer one's services, etc.; accommodating: The clerk was most obliging.
  2. obligating.

Origin of obliging

First recorded in 1630–40; oblige + -ing2
Related formso·blig·ing·ly, adverbo·blig·ing·ness, nounun·o·blig·ing, adjective

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1. helpful, kind, friendly.
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Examples from the Web for obligingly

Historical Examples

  • The gentleman answered as obligingly as before; and as to the house, acquainted him it was his own.

    Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2

    Henry Fielding

  • And she obligingly answered each one: "Have no fear, I will do it!"

  • And thereupon he obligingly placed himself at Pierre's disposal.

  • Miss Slocum smiled, and obligingly repeated, "I'll be larnin' it yet, so I will."

  • "Here put some soda in, I've got some by me," said the concierge, obligingly.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for obligingly

obliging

adjective
  1. ready to do favours; agreeable; kindly
Derived Formsobligingly, adverbobligingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for obligingly

obliging

adj.

"willing to do service or favors," 1630s, present participle adjective from oblige. Related: Obligingly.

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