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  1. willing or eager to do favors, offer one's services, etc.; accommodating: The clerk was most obliging.
  2. obligating.
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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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Historical Examples of obligingly

  • The gentleman answered as obligingly as before; and as to the house, acquainted him it was his own.

    Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2

    Henry Fielding

  • And she obligingly answered each one: "Have no fear, I will do it!"

  • And thereupon he obligingly placed himself at Pierre's disposal.

  • Miss Slocum smiled, and obligingly repeated, "I'll be larnin' it yet, so I will."

  • "Here put some soda in, I've got some by me," said the concierge, obligingly.


    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for obligingly


  1. ready to do favours; agreeable; kindly
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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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