willingly

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English willyngly, wyllyngly (intentionally, deliverately; freely, gladly), from Old English willendlīċe (diligently), equivalent to willing +‎ -ly.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈwɪlɪŋli/
  • Hyphenation: will‧ing‧ly
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willingly (comparative more willingly, superlative most willingly)

  1. Of one’s own free will; freely and spontaneously.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 29.
      Now this is a process of the mind or thought, of which I would willingly know the foundation.

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