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willpower

or will power

[wil-poh-er] /ˈwɪlˌpoʊ ər/
noun
1.
control of one's impulses and actions; self-control.
Origin of willpower
1870-1875
First recorded in 1870-75; will2 + power
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  • His brother Laurence—wasted—all through women—atrophy of willpower!

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • I'm afraid you pride yourselves on a degree of willpower you never exercised.

    Moral Ludwig Thoma
  • The willpower is firm, and is combined with enterprise and perseverance.

  • Every possible care should be given to the development of the willpower of these children.

  • Even as a boy, he had a purpose, and willpower enough to carry it out.

    Modern Americans Chester Sanford
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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