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willing

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adjective will·ing \ˈwi-liŋ\

Simple Definition of willing

  • : not refusing to do something

  • : quick to act or respond : doing something or ready to do something without being persuaded

  • : done, made, or given by choice

Full Definition of willing

  1. 1 :  inclined or favorably disposed in mind :  ready <willing and eager to help>

  2. 2 :  prompt to act or respond <lending a willing hand>

  3. 3 :  done, borne, or accepted by choice or without reluctance <a willing sacrifice>

  4. 4 :  of or relating to the will or power of choosing :  volitional

will·ing·ly play \-liŋ-lē\ adverb
will·ing·ness noun

Examples of willing

  1. He was a willing participant in the crime.

  2. She's lending a willing hand.



14th Century

First Known Use of willing

14th century

Synonym Discussion of willing

voluntary, intentional, deliberate, willing mean done or brought about of one's own will. voluntary implies freedom and spontaneity of choice or action without external compulsion <a voluntary confession>. intentional stresses an awareness of an end to be achieved <the intentional concealment of vital information>. deliberate implies full consciousness of the nature of one's act and its consequences <deliberate acts of sabotage>. willing implies a readiness and eagerness to accede to or anticipate the wishes of another <willing obedience>.



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