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[uh-blahy-jing] /əˈblaɪ dʒɪŋ/
willing or eager to do favors, offer one's services, etc.; accommodating:
The clerk was most obliging.
1630-40; oblige + -ing2
Related forms
obligingly, adverb
obligingness, noun
unobliging, adjective
1. helpful, kind, friendly. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for obligingly


ready to do favours; agreeable; kindly
Derived Forms
obligingly, adverb
obligingness, 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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