from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Binding power; obligation.
  • noun The quality of being obliging; civility; complaisance; disposition to exercise kindness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality of being obliging; the tendency to cater for the desires of others.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others


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  • Outside Vealös we had the pleasure of waving a last farewell to a man to whom the expedition will always owe a debt of gratitude, Captain Christian Blom, Superintendent of the dockyard, who had supervised the extensive repairs to the Fram with unrelaxing interest and obligingness.

    The South Pole~ On the Way to the South

  • The baronet now began an harangue upon the happiness that would accrue from these double unions, for which he assured them they should have double remembrances, though the same preparations would do for both, as he meant they should take place at the same time, provided Mr. Edgar would have the obligingness to wait for a fair wind, which he was expecting every hour.


  • Only just this one thing, sir; I beg I may have the favour to be introduced to that lady as had the obligingness to call me a tinker, when I never was no such thing. '


  • The shop and entresol at that time were tenanted by a tinman; the landlord occupied the first floor; the four upper stories were rented by very decent working girls, who were treated by the portress and the proprietor with some consideration and an obligingness called forth by the difficulty of letting a house so oddly constructed and situated.

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • And what an unworthy wife must I be to any man who cannot have interest enough in my heart to make his obligingness a balance for an affliction he has not caused!

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • So in I gently drew her to the compter, running behind it myself, with an air of great dilingence and obligingness.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Thomas, (as I suppose,) said, God bless you, madam, and reward you, as your obligingness to my good master deserves; and may we all live to see you triumph over Mrs. Jewkes!


  • Although I know not, I dare say it is owing to some petty petulance, to some half-ungenerous advantage taken of his obligingness and assiduity.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Indeed, the fitter subject for ridicule with thee; who canst no more taste the beauty and delicacy of modest obligingness than of modest love.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • I will call it, which has, on all proper occasions, exerted itself in its full lustre, unmingled with that charming obligingness and condescending sweetness, which is evermore the softener of that dignity, when your mind is free and unapprehen-sive!

    Clarissa Harlowe


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