Synonyms & Antonyms of willing

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 having a desire or inclination (as for a specified course of action)
  • I'm a little confused, but perfectly willing to do as you ask

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2 having or showing the ability to respond without delay or hesitation
  • she's always lent a willing hand whenever a neighbor needed help or a friend a favor

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3 done, made, or given with one's own free will
  • a willing sacrifice of her limited free time for a good cause

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present participle of will

Synonyms of willing (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to give by means of a will
  • willed their house to their adult children

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How is the word willing different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of willing are deliberate, intentional, and voluntary. While all these words mean "done or brought about of one's own will," willing implies a readiness and eagerness to accede to or anticipate the wishes of another.

willing obedience

When is deliberate a more appropriate choice than willing?

The words deliberate and willing are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, deliberate implies full consciousness of the nature of one's act and its consequences.

deliberate acts of sabotage

When is it sensible to use intentional instead of willing?

The words intentional and willing can be used in similar contexts, but intentional stresses an awareness of an end to be achieved.

the intentional concealment of vital information

When could voluntary be used to replace willing?

While in some cases nearly identical to willing, voluntary implies freedom and spontaneity of choice or action without external compulsion.

a voluntary confession

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The first known use of willing was in the 14th century

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“Willing.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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