[ wil-fuhl ]
/ ˈwɪl fəl /
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deliberate, voluntary, or intentional: The coroner ruled the death willful murder.
unreasonably stubborn or headstrong; self-willed.
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Origin of willful
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2. Willful, headstrong, perverse, wayward refer to one who stubbornly insists upon doing as he or she pleases. Willful suggests a stubborn persistence in doing what one wishes, especially in opposition to those whose wishes or commands ought to be respected or obeyed: that willful child who disregarded his parents' advice. One who is headstrong is often foolishly, and sometimes violently, self-willed: reckless and headstrong youths. The perverse person is unreasonably or obstinately intractable or contrary, often with the express intention of being disagreeable: perverse out of sheer spite. Wayward in this sense has the connotation of rash wrongheadedness that gets one into trouble: a reform school for wayward girls.
OTHER WORDS FROM willful
will·ful·ly, adverbwill·ful·ness, nounhalf-willful, adjectivehalf-will·ful·ly, adverb
half-will·ful·ness, nounun·will·ful, adjectiveun·will·ful·ly, adverbun·will·ful·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for willful
/ (ˈwɪlfʊl) /
the US spelling of wilful
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