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willing

[wil-ing] /ˈwɪl ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
disposed or consenting; inclined:
willing to go along.
2.
cheerfully consenting or ready:
a willing worker.
3.
done, given, borne, used, etc., with cheerful readiness.
Origin of willing
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English. See will2, -ing2
Related forms
willingly, adverb
willingness, noun
overwilling, adjective
overwillingly, adverb
overwillingness, noun
prewilling, adjective
prewillingly, adverb
prewillingness, noun
quasi-willing, adjective
quasi-willingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. minded.
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  • He did not doubt her ability or her willingness to kill the man.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • They readily expressed their willingness to carry out the promise.

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • He expressed his willingness to find me employment in the mill.

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • There is as much faith in the willingness to work for an unseen future in this world as in another.

    The Republic Plato
  • That which externally seemed will and immovableness was willingness and self-annihilation.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for willingness

willing

/ˈwɪlɪŋ/
adjective
1.
favourably disposed or inclined; ready
2.
cheerfully or eagerly compliant
3.
done, given, accepted, etc, freely or voluntarily
Derived Forms
willingly, adverb
willingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for willingness

willing

adj.

Old English willendliche; see will (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with willingness
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