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Princeton's WordNet

  1. willingnessnoun

    cheerful compliance

    "he expressed his willingness to help"


  1. willingnessnoun

    The state of being willing

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Willingnessnoun

    Consent; freedom from reluctance; ready compliance.

    Etymology: from willing.

    We praise the things we hear with much more willingness, than those we see; because we envy the present, and reverence the past; thinking ourselves instructed by the one, and overlaid by the other. Ben Jonson.

    It is not doing good after that same wonderful manner, that Christ’s example obligeth us unto, but to a like willingness and readiness to do good as far as our power reacheth. Edmund Calamy.

    Force never yet a generous mind did gain;
    We yield on parley; but are storm’d in vain;
    Constraint, in all things, makes the pleasure less,
    Sweet is the love which comes with willingness. Dryden.


  1. willingness

    Volition or will is the cognitive process by which an individual decides on and commits to a particular course of action. It is defined as purposive striving and is one of the primary human psychological functions. Others include affect (feeling or emotion), motivation (goals and expectations), and cognition (thinking). Volitional processes can be applied consciously or they can be automatized as habits over time. Most modern conceptions of volition address it as a process of conscious action control which becomes automatized (e.g. see Heckhausen and Kuhl; Gollwitzer; Boekaerts and Corno).


  1. willingness

    Willingness refers to the state of being prepared or ready to do something voluntarily without being forced or compelled. It implies an eagerness or openness to undertake a certain task or action. It is an attribute that relies on personal choice, motivation, and interest.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Willingnessnoun

    the quality or state of being willing; free choice or consent of the will; freedom from reluctance; readiness of the mind to do or forbear

Editors Contribution

  1. willingness

    Not opposed to; in mind

    We have emphasized willingness as being indispensable.

    Submitted by anonymous on July 9, 2019  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'willingness' in Nouns Frequency: #2718

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of willingness in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of willingness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of willingness in a Sentence

  1. Tim Sigsworth:

    I was first impressed by his level of knowledge already but his empathy and appreciation of the struggles and challenges faced by LGBT people was incredible to me, and just his willingness to learn from the young people, his willingness to challenge his own perceptions and his willingness to come out in support of LGBT people in such a personal way as to refer to his children - that will make a massive difference.

  2. Warren Bennis:

    What makes a good follower The single most important characteristic may well be a willingness to tell the truth. In a world of growing complexity leaders are increasingly dependent on their subordinates for good information, whether the leaders want to hear it or not. Followers who tell the truth and leaders who listen to it are an unbeatable combination.

  3. Marshall McLuhan:

    There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening.

  4. Germany Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel:

    I believe we're going to have to put considerably more of the transmission lines underground because otherwise more people will oppose the lines, i believe we need a willingness, in particular the financial willingness, to put more cables underground. The technology for that has improved considerably in recent years.

  5. Gil Robertson:

    ( The movie) is the personification of the spirit of multiculturalism and the willingness to cast diversely. If there was a true willingness to see diversity, that would happen.

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