consent or readiness to do something:The majority of the neighborhood’s older residents were employed, and younger people showed a willingness to work but often could not find jobs.
an inclination or preference: We admire her willingness to stand up for what she believes.The country has shown no sign of willingness to make concessions.
- o·ver·will·ing·ness, noun
- pre·will·ing·ness, noun
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How to use willingness in a sentence
Still, he’s shown no willingness to abide by social distancing or encourage personal protective measures since he assumed the role last week.The acting Pentagon chief was exposed to the coronavirus. He’s not quarantining. | Alex Ward | November 20, 2020 | Vox
First, identifying businesses associated with outbreaks would have a chilling effect on the future willingness of those businesses to report outbreaks.County Officials Dig in to Keep COVID-19 Info Private | Sara Libby and Jared Whitlock | November 19, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The group said it has shown a willingness to abide by physical distancing requirements in the past.Virginia gun show organizer files suit against Northam’s tightened coronavirus rules | Antonio Olivo | November 18, 2020 | Washington Post
With new owner Steve Cohen having indicated a willingness to spend big, the Mets already were considered one of the teams to watch in this winter’s free agent market.Mets’ Robinson Canó suspended for entire 2021 season after second positive PED test | Dave Sheinin | November 18, 2020 | Washington Post
All it takes is good will on both sides and a willingness on both sides.The U.S. is pushing ahead with its threat to delist Chinese companies | Claire Zillman, reporter | November 18, 2020 | Fortune
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 | Olivia Nuzzi | November 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Christie, with his Jersey Boy charm and willingness to butt heads when necessary, has long been a threat to the left wing.
By demonstrating a willingness to criticize President Obama, often rebuking him for his cozy relationship with Wall Street.
Our goodness was defined, in part, by our willingness to confront evil abroad backed by military force.
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.
To simply acknowledge the existence of a debt is not enough, there must be indicated or expressed a willingness to pay.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
On having matters explained, Lowell expressed his willingness to carry the lady passenger over to the ranch.Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
He urged the admiral to send him more ships, and abounded in willingness towards De Vins.The Life of Nelson, Vol. I (of 2) | A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
But to consent was one thing: the how another: the mere suspicion of the willingness of Kaiser or Tsar shook their thrones.The Lord of the Sea | M. P. Shiel
We found the number of applicants increasing and a new willingness to pay, in part at least, for the education.Silver Chimes in Syria | W. S. Nelson