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[wil-ing] /ˈwɪl ɪŋ/
disposed or consenting; inclined:
willing to go along.
cheerfully consenting or ready:
a willing worker.
done, given, borne, used, etc., with cheerful readiness.
Origin of willing
1250-1300; Middle English. See will2, -ing2
Related forms
willingly, adverb
willingness, noun
overwilling, adjective
overwillingly, adverb
overwillingness, noun
prewilling, adjective
prewillingly, adverb
prewillingness, noun
quasi-willing, adjective
quasi-willingly, adverb
1. minded. Unabridged
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  • What they share is willingness to use the same brutal tactics to achieve their goals.
  • Vegetarians differ in their willingness to consume these ingredients.
  • Your willingness to try and appreciate these things is admirable.
  • The great cats represent the ultimate test of our willingness to share this planet with other species.
  • The military have already signalled their willingness to step in.
  • We truly value your wisdom and your willingness to spend time sharing with us.
  • All positions require a willingness on occasion to teach evenings or weekends and at remote sites.
  • Geographic area open, but willingness to undertake regional community-based research projects is desirable.
  • Showing a willingness to learn the language may be more important than knowing the language.
  • Openness entails a willingness to listen to what the facts are telling us.
British Dictionary definitions for willingness


favourably disposed or inclined; ready
cheerfully or eagerly compliant
done, given, accepted, etc, freely or voluntarily
Derived Forms
willingly, adverb
willingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for willingness



Old English willendliche; see will (v.).

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