or wil·ful·ly

[ wil-fuh-lee ]
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  1. deliberately or intentionally; on purpose: Any seller who knowingly or willfully certifies false statements is subject to fine and imprisonment.

  2. in an unreasonably stubborn or headstrong way: The student disrupted school activities and willfully defied the authority of teachers, administrators, and other school employees.

Origin of willfully

First recorded before 1000; equivalent to willful + -ly

Other words from willfully

  • half-will·ful·ly, half-wil·ful·ly, adverb
  • un·will·ful·ly, un·wil·ful·ly, adverb

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