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willful

[wil-fuhl]
adjective
1.
deliberate, voluntary, or intentional: The coroner ruled the death willful murder.
2.
unreasonably stubborn or headstrong; self-willed.
Also, wilful.


Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English; Old English wilful willing. See will2, -ful

willfully, adverb
willfulness, noun
half-willful, adjective
half-willfully, adverb
half-willfulness, noun
unwillful, adjective
unwillfully, adverb
unwillfulness, noun


1. volitional. 2. intransigent; contrary, refractory, pigheaded, inflexible, obdurate, adamant. Willful, headstrong, perverse, wayward refer to one who stubbornly insists upon doing as he or she pleases. Willful suggests a stubborn persistence in doing what one wishes, especially in opposition to those whose wishes or commands ought to be respected or obeyed: that willful child who disregarded his parents' advice. One who is headstrong is often foolishly, and sometimes violently, self-willed: reckless and headstrong youths. The perverse person is unreasonably or obstinately intractable or contrary, often with the express intention of being disagreeable: perverse out of sheer spite. Wayward in this sense has the connotation of rash wrongheadedness that gets one into trouble: a reform school for wayward girls.


2. obedient, tractable.
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willful (ˈwɪlfʊl)
 
adj
the US spelling of wilful

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willful
c.1200, "strong-willed," from will (n.) + -ful. Willfully is late O.E. wilfullice "of one's own free will, voluntarily;" bad sense of "on purpose" is attested from late 14c.
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