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[self-wil, self-]
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  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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Related Words for self-willed

tenacious, steadfast, unyielding, inflexible, intransigent, recalcitrant, dogmatic, willful, adamant, headstrong, contradictory, wicked, unshakable, single-minded, intractable, perverse, persistent, ornery, determined, rigid

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British Dictionary definitions for self-willed


  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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Word Origin and History for self-willed


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

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