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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Whether willing or unwilling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Willing or unwilling; willy-nilly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Unwilling (or) willing; willy-nilly.

Etymologies

Latin nōlēns volēns : nōlēns, present participle of nōlle, to be unwilling + volēns, present participle of velle, to wish, be willing.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin nolens ("unwilling"), from nōlō ("I am unwilling") and volens ("willing"), from volō ("I am willing, I will"). (Wiktionary)

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