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willing

[wil-ing]
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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.
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Origin of willing

1250–1300; Middle English. See will2, -ing2
Related formswill·ing·ly, adverbwill·ing·ness, nouno·ver·will·ing, adjectiveo·ver·will·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·will·ing·ness, nounpre·will·ing, adjectivepre·will·ing·ly, adverbpre·will·ing·ness, nounqua·si-will·ing, adjectivequa·si-will·ing·ly, adverb

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1. minded.
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  • He did not doubt her ability or her willingness to kill the man.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • He expressed his willingness to find me employment in the mill.

    Adventures and Recollections

    Bill o'th' Hoylus End

  • They readily expressed their willingness to carry out the promise.

    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.

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

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson


British Dictionary definitions for willingness

willing

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

willing

adj.

Old English willendliche; see will (v.).

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Idioms and Phrases with willingness

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