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self-will

[self-wil, self-]
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noun
  1. stubborn or obstinate willfulness, as in pursuing one's own wishes, aims, etc.
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Origin of self-will

before 900; Middle English: one's own will, stubbornness; Old English: one's own will; see self, will2
Related formsself-willed, adjectiveself-willed·ly, adverbself-willed·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for self-will

Historical Examples

  • We came away by means of greeds and curiosities imagined by Self-will.

    The Prodigal Returns

    Lilian Staveley

  • But first must come the abandonment of Self-will, bit by bit, to the death.

    The Prodigal Returns

    Lilian Staveley

  • I wish that I could suffer alone for my self-will and imprudence.

  • There is music in heaven, because in music there is no self-will.

    Daily Thoughts

    Charles Kingsley

  • Pray to them, indeed, we need not, as if they would help us out of any self-will of their own.

    Out of the Deep

    Charles Kingsley


British Dictionary definitions for self-will

self-will

noun
  1. stubborn adherence to one's own will, desires, etc, esp at the expense of others
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Derived Formsself-willed, adjective
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