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will power

or willpower

noun
1.
control of one's impulses and actions; self-control.
Origin of will power
1870-1875
1870-75
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  • But he, like his indomitable master, possessed a great fund of energy and willpower.

    The Woman in the Alcove Anna Katharine Green
  • His brother Laurence—wasted—all through women—atrophy of willpower!

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • And the next day he had to use all his willpower to avoid seeing the scarred thumb.

    The Prussian Officer D. H. Lawrence
  • I'm afraid you pride yourselves on a degree of willpower you never exercised.

    Moral Ludwig Thoma
  • But to be like Keith—all willpower, marching along, treading down his own feelings and weaknesses!

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for willpower

willpower

/ˈwɪlˌpaʊə/
noun
1.
the ability to control oneself and determine one's actions
2.
firmness of will
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Word Origin and History for willpower
n.

also will power, 1874, from will (n.) + power (n.).

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