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will power

or willpower

control of one's impulses and actions; self-control.
Origin of will power
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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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


the ability to control oneself and determine one's actions
firmness of will
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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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