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[wil-fuh l] /ˈwɪl fəl/
Related forms
wilfully, adverb
wilfulness, noun
unwilful, adjective
unwilfully, adverb
unwilfulness, noun Unabridged
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  • But it is provoking to find people so blind—so wilfully blind—to their own interest.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • She was sure, however, that he knew of her visits and wilfully avoided her.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • To prove this he wilfully exaggerated his gruffness and curtness of manner.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Tibby rose to his feet, and wilfully caught his person on the backs of the chairs.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • His air of weary indifference was accentuated, I could not help thinking, wilfully.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • This was the only known instance of her wilfully injuring game.

  • That she was wilfully dragging her sister's name into the conversation?

    A Houseful of Girls Sarah Tytler
  • We order her to 'heave to,' which order is wilfully or unwittingly misunderstood.

British Dictionary definitions for wilfully


intent on having one's own way; headstrong or obstinate
intentional: wilful murder
Derived Forms
wilfully, (US) willfully, adverb
wilfulness, (US) willfulness, noun
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