Definitions

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  • n. The state or quality of being towardly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being towardly; docility; tractableness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being toward; readiness to do or learn; aptness; docility.

Etymologies

From towardly +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Thee only, but our neighbour also; often, when pleased with intelligent praise, I seem to myself to be pleased with the proficiency or towardliness of my neighbour, or to be grieved for evil in him, when I hear him dispraise either what he understands not, or is good.

    The Tenth Book

  • For he had studied under me, both when I first lectured in our town, and afterwards at Carthage, and he loved me much, because I seemed to him kind, and learned; and I him, for his great towardliness to virtue, which was eminent enough in one of no greater years.

    The Sixth Book

  • He had been bred up in the same exercise of bull-baiting, which was her own delight; she had always praised his towardliness, and prophesied his preferment.

    A Book of Scoundrels

  • That he should do so at other times was an instance of extraordinary towardliness in a child, but that he should do so this morning was an instance of great humility.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume II (Joshua to Esther)

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