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- (adjective): Old English willende, present participle of *willan
- (noun): Old English willung, from willian
- Ready to do something that is not (can't be expected as) a matter of course.
- If my boyfriend isn't willing to change his drinking habits, I will split up with him.
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, The Celebrity:
- In the eyes of Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke the apotheosis of the Celebrity was complete. The people of Asquith were not only willing to attend the house-warming, but had been worked up to the pitch of eagerness. The Celebrity as a matter of course was master of ceremonies.
2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36:
- Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.
ready to do something that is not a matter of course
willing (plural willings)
- (rare or obsolete) The execution of a will.