- disposed or consenting; inclined: willing to go along.
- cheerfully consenting or ready: a willing worker.
- done, given, borne, used, etc., with cheerful readiness.
Origin of willing
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Examples from the Web for willingness
Meaning, Williams has basically previously displayed his willingness to spout government propaganda in exchange for cash.Ben Carson’s Bizarrely Serious, Seriously Bizarre Campaign Crew
November 12, 2014
Christie, with his Jersey Boy charm and willingness to butt heads when necessary, has long been a threat to the left wing.Dems Troll Christie on Bridgegate
September 7, 2014
By demonstrating a willingness to criticize President Obama, often rebuking him for his cozy relationship with Wall Street.The Unsung Heroism of Jesse Jackson
September 7, 2014
Our goodness was defined, in part, by our willingness to confront evil abroad backed by military force.How Obama's Shallow Worldview Failed Us
August 29, 2014
And the willingness to dump on British women in the name of Sharia law is a rot that runs up and down the length of society.How Britain Made James Foley's Killer
August 27, 2014
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.
They readily expressed their willingness to carry out the promise.
There is as much faith in the willingness to work for an unseen future in this world as in another.The Republic
That which externally seemed will and immovableness was willingness and self-annihilation.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- favourably disposed or inclined; ready
- cheerfully or eagerly compliant
- done, given, accepted, etc, freely or voluntarily
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Word Origin and History for willingness
Old English willendliche; see will (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with willingness
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