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[wil-fuh l] /ˈwɪl fəl/
Related forms
wilfully, adverb
wilfulness, noun
unwilful, adjective
unwilfully, adverb
unwilfulness, noun Unabridged
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  • Grotius, on examining the Dutch translation, found the translator often wilfully deviating from the true sense of the original.

  • But it is provoking to find people so blind—so wilfully blind—to their own interest.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Now, the Princess, it is most distressing to state, had wilfully avoided Mr. Chase since early that morning.

    The Man From Brodney's George Barr McCutcheon
  • Tibby rose to his feet, and wilfully caught his person on the backs of the chairs.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • Eventually the Town Hall was taken, after a most desperate resistance, and ten minutes later wilfully set fire to and burned.

    The Invasion William Le Queux
  • His air of weary indifference was accentuated, I could not help thinking, wilfully.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • Thou hast knowingly and wilfully abetted, not one but many poisoners, and the stake is the fitting doom for thee and them.

  • That she was wilfully dragging her sister's name into the conversation?

    A Houseful of Girls Sarah Tytler
British Dictionary definitions for wilfully


intent on having one's own way; headstrong or obstinate
intentional: wilful murder
Derived Forms
wilfully, (US) willfully, adverb
wilfulness, (US) willfulness, noun
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