Definitions

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  • n. The quality or state of being toward.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Quality or state of being toward.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being toward; docility; towardliness.

Etymologies

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toward +‎ -ness

Examples

  • The destruction of Crispus, a young prince of rare towardness, by

    The Essays

  • Again, my lords, it is a miserable effect, when young men full of towardness and hope, such as the poets call "_Aurorae_ _filii_," sons of the morning, in whom the expectation and comfort of their friends consisteth, shall be cast away and destroyed in such a vain manner.

    The World's Best Orations, Vol. 1 (of 10)

  • For though there be not many in every city, which be exempt and discharged of all other labours, and appointed only to learning; that is to say, such in whom even from their very childhood they have perceived a singular towardness, a fine wit, and a mind apt to good learning: yet all in their childhood be instruct in learning.

    The Second Book. Of their journeying or travelling abroad, with divers other matters cunningly reasoned, and wittily discussed

  • The destruction of Crispus, a young prince of rare towardness, by Constantinus the Great, his father, was in like manner fatal to his house; for both Constantinus and Constance, his sons died violent deaths; and Constantius, his other son, did little better; who died indeed of sickness, but after that Julianus had taken arms against him.

    XIX. Of Empire

  • In whose wit and towardness the Cardinal much delighting, would often say of him unto the nobles that divers times dined with him, “This child here waiting at the table, whosoever shall live to see it, will prove a marvellous man.

    Paras. 1-4

  • Howbeit they do not spend all the whole dinner-time themselves with long and tedious talks: but they gladly hear also the young men: yea, and do purposely provoke them to talk, to the intent that they may have a proof of every man’s wit, and towardness, or disposition to virtue, which commonly in the liberty of feasting doth show and utter itself.

    The Second Book. Of their living and mutual conversation together

  • The king Costus her father had so great joy of the great towardness and wisdom of his daughter, that he let ordain a tower in his palace, with divers studies and chambers, in which she might be at her pleasure and also at her will, and also he ordained for to wait on her seven the best masters and wisest in conning that might be gotten in those parts.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 7

  • Bishop of Canterbury was so minded may be proved by divers which knew then his towardness.

    The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)

  • Doubtless, parents not throw away the towardness of a child, and the expense of education, upon a profession, the labour of which is increased, and the rewards of which are vanished to condemn promising, lively parts to contempt and penury in a despised calling, what is it else but the casting of a Moses into the mud, or offering a son upon the altar; and instead of a priest, to make him a sacrifice?

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. I.

  • On the departure of the "Searchthrift" in May 1556, "the good old gentleman Master Cabot gave to the poor most liberal alms, wishing them to pray for the good fortune and prosperous success of the 'Searchthrift'; and then, at the sign of the Christopher, he and his friends banqueted and made them that were in the company good cheer; and for very joy that he had to see the towardness of our intended discovery, he entered into the dance himself among the rest of the young and lusty company."

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 "Bulgaria" to "Calgary"

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