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[self-wil, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈwɪl, ˈsɛlf-/
stubborn or obstinate willfulness, as in pursuing one's own wishes, aims, etc.
Origin of self-will
before 900; Middle English: one's own will, stubbornness; Old English: one's own will; see self, will2
Related forms
self-willed, adjective
self-willedly, adverb
self-willedness, noun Unabridged
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  • From the great voluntary ganglion of the lower plane, the child is self-willed, independent, and masterful.

  • It was felt to be useless to reason with this impetuous and self-willed man.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • It is sometimes urged that he was vain, self-willed, impulsive.

  • Of course their enemies set them down as self-willed and turbulent fanatics.

    Hunted and Harried R.M. Ballantyne
  • It was hidden deep within her self-willed brain, in the innermost recesses of her suspicious and silent nature.

    A Love Episode Emile Zola
  • Do they not call me self-willed, passionate, sometimes imperious?

  • The best fellow in the world in other respects: in this one matter as obstinate and self-willed as he can be.

    The Law and the Lady Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for self-willed


stubborn adherence to one's own will, desires, etc, esp at the expense of others
Derived Forms
self-willed, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for self-willed

late 15c., from self- + willed (see will (v.)). In Old English, selfwill meant "free will."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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