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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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Related Words for obligingly

agreeably, kindly

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British Dictionary definitions for obligingly


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



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

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