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[wil-ing] /ˈwɪl ɪŋ/
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
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
1. minded. Unabridged
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  • Is it wickedness in me that I do not feel a willingness to be left to eternal sin?

    The Minister's Wooing Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Thanks, no doubt, to the willingness he showed, he had not to go down to the class below.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • But in informing them of it, they still declared their willingness to die "for slavery and the Confederacy."

    The Grimk Sisters Catherine H. Birney
  • I was astonished at the willingness with which the Shokas agreed to proceed.

    An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet A. Henry Savage Landor
  • The willingness of the recruits, however, lessened the task considerably.

    Truxton King George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for willingness


favourably disposed or inclined; ready
cheerfully or eagerly compliant
done, given, accepted, etc, freely or voluntarily
Derived Forms
willingly, adverb
willingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for willingness



Old English willendliche; see will (v.).

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