Willful Will"ful, a. [Will + full.] [Written also wilful.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of set purpose; self-determined; voluntary; as, willful murder. --Foxe. [1913 Webster]

In willful poverty chose to lead his life. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Thou to me Art all things under heaven, all places thou, Who, for my willful crime, art banished hence. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Governed by the will without yielding to reason; obstinate; perverse; inflexible; stubborn; refractory; as, a willful man or horse. [1913 Webster] -- {Will"ful*ly}, adv. -- {Will"ful*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • willfulness — noun see willful …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • willfulness — noun The quality of being willful; obstinacy …   Wiktionary

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  • willfulness — n. deliberateness, quality of being intentional; stubbornness, tenacity; determination …   English contemporary dictionary

  • willfulness — will·ful·ness …   English syllables

  • willfulness — See willful …   Black's law dictionary

  • willfulness — noun the trait of being prone to disobedience and lack of discipline • Syn: ↑unruliness, ↑fractiousness, ↑wilfulness • Derivationally related forms: ↑wilful (for: ↑wilfulness), ↑willful, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • constructive willfulness — Intentional disregard of a known duty necessary to the safety of a person, and an entire absence of care for the life, the person, or the property of others, such as exhibits a conscious indifference to consequences …   Black's law dictionary

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