obliging obliging  /əb ˈlaɪ dʒɪŋ/


  • (adj) showing a cheerful willingness to do favors for others


  1. What we always sense about the Wise Guy is that he's essentially a Sweet Guy, eager to learn, eager to please, eager to be heroically helpful and romantically obliging.
  2. Perhaps he was obliging the studio's demand for happy endings.
  3. Looting by unpaid military units has ravaged the city, obliging Belgium and France to send troops to rescue most of their remaining nationals.


  1. “We hack everyone everywhere”—What the NSA whistleblower reveals about the agency’s activities abroad

    In America there have been howls of outrage at news that the US National Security Agency may have been digitally eavesdropping on Americans—obliging James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Quartz via Yahoo! Finance

  2. When Market Incentives Undermine Morality

    The Greek philosophers were not entirely wrong about markets. When they reward cooperation, people become more obliging and virtuous -- but markets don’t always reward it. Though on balance they have greatly improved our moral behavior, they can also degrade it.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Bloomberg


  1. "They have offered me the job," Kirsten told Reuters. "I asked them for some time to consider it and they were very obliging, but it's an extremely exciting prospect and, provided a few details can be worked out, I'm looking forward to the...
    on Nov 27, 2007 By: Gary Kirsten Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. Abbas told Abdullah that "the United States must step in and put pressure on Israel, obliging it to comply with the terms of reference of the peace process, namely the (internationally drafted) roadmap, the Arab peace initiative and UN...
    on Nov 16, 2007 By: Mahmoud Abbas Source: AFP

  3. "We should be positive, not paranoid, about the operations of sovereign wealth funds," Mr Mandelson said. "If the funds refuse to accept a voluntary code of conduct, pressure may grow for laws obliging them, at the least, to disclose their...
    on Feb 22, 2008 By: Peter Mandelson Source: Euro2day

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