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obliging

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

willing to do a favor
  • an obliging concierge used her pull to get us reservations at the town's hottest restaurant

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obliging

verb
present participle of oblige

Synonyms & Antonyms of obliging (Entry 2 of 2)

2 to cause (a person) to give in to pressure
  • I know you're in a hurry, but you can't oblige me to drive any faster than the speed limit

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How is the word obliging distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of obliging are amiable, complaisant, and good-natured. While all these words mean "having the desire or disposition to please," obliging stresses a friendly readiness to be helpful.

our obliging innkeeper found us a bigger room

When is it sensible to use amiable instead of obliging?

The words amiable and obliging can be used in similar contexts, but amiable implies having qualities that make one liked and easy to deal with.

an amiable teacher not easily annoyed

When might complaisant be a better fit than obliging?

While in some cases nearly identical to obliging, complaisant often implies passivity or a yielding to others because of weakness.

was too complaisant to protest a decision he thought unfair

In what contexts can good-natured take the place of obliging?

The meanings of good-natured and obliging largely overlap; however, good-natured implies cheerfulness or helpfulness and sometimes a willingness to be imposed upon.

a good-natured girl who was always willing to pitch in

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The first known use of obliging was in 1632

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“Obliging.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/obliging. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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