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will power

noun
1.
control of one's impulses and actions; self-control.
Also, willpower.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75
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  • 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

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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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