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will power

control of one's impulses and actions; self-control.
Also, willpower.
Origin of will power
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for willpower
  • Beating an addiction to nicotine takes a lot of willpower and determination.
  • For these a smoker needs behavioral therapy, counseling or extreme willpower.
  • But years of indolent island living sap his willpower, and he spends his last days in poverty and degradation.
  • If your an addict what does it tell you about human willpower.
  • Some felt the problems could be resolved through the proper exercise of willpower.
  • Full oversight takes considerable time and willpower.
  • It took a lot of willpower to get myself out of bed in the early morning.
  • Many people still chalk up the destructive behavior of a drug addict to a lack of willpower or weakness of character.
  • But it may also create an environment where people lack the time or willpower to take even a few minutes of solitude.
  • You're trying to exercise willpower-to avoid eating that second piece of cake or buying an electronic toy you don't really need.
British Dictionary definitions for willpower


the ability to control oneself and determine one's actions
firmness of will
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for willpower

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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