disposed or consenting; inclined: willing to go along.
cheerfully consenting or ready: a willing worker.
done, given, borne, used, etc., with cheerful readiness.

Nearby words

  1. williamson,
  2. williamsport,
  3. willie,
  4. willies,
  5. willimantic,
  6. willing horse,
  7. willingdon,
  8. willingham,
  9. willingly,
  10. willis

Origin of willing

1250–1300; Middle English. See will2, -ing2

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British Dictionary definitions for willingness



favourably disposed or inclined; ready
cheerfully or eagerly compliant
done, given, accepted, etc, freely or voluntarily
Derived Formswillingly, adverbwillingness, noun

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Word Origin and History for willingness



Old English willendliche; see will (v.).

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Idioms and Phrases with willingness


see ready, willing, and able; spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

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