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Thread: obliging

    • Join Date: Jul 2005
    • Posts: 928



    could you please tell me whether the word "obliging" (meaning accommodating or showing willingness to do favours for others) could also mean "binding".

    E.g. in the following sentence:
    These types of advertising materials are more obliging in character.

    Thank you very much.


    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 23

    Re: obliging

    The word oblige has two meanings.
    1. to compel, to bind, coerce, require, force, make, necessitate.

    His actions obliged me to think twice about employing him.

    2. do a favour, accomodate, assist, benefit, gratify, help, please, serve.

    You are very obliging, thankyou for your help.
    We would like to oblige, but we are out of town that weekend.

    Hope this helps,


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