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will power

or willpower

control of one's impulses and actions; self-control.
Origin of will power

will to power

(in the philosophy of Nietzsche) the self-assertive creative drive in all individuals, regarded as the supreme quality of the superman.
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Exerting her will-power, she dismissed Stewart from her mind.

  • A loss of will-power in a limb is identical with paralysis of the latter.

  • Perhaps three-fourths of your physical failures are due to lack of nerve and will-power.

    Indian Scout Talks Charles A. Eastman
  • Then I began to get calm again; my will-power triumphed over my grief.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The fact was that the Continental Congress was weakened in ability and very tired in point of nerve and will-power.

    George Washington, Vol. I Henry Cabot Lodge
  • The will-power is the same, but the mechanical contrivances for its transmission are wanting.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • Then what miracle could prevent his arriving, seeing that his strength was inexhaustible, his will-power unbounded?

    813 Maurice Leblanc
  • He strove to quiet himself, but his will-power refused to operate.

    Murder Point Coningsby Dawson
  • Meanwhile the ascetic life he had been leading increased his will-power and his activity.

    The Growth of a Soul August Strindberg
  • Drowsily and completely bereft of any will-power of our own we trudged after them.

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