noun Date: 14th century stubborn or willful adherence to one's own desires or ideas ; obstinacy

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  • Self-will — n. [AS. selfwill.] One s own will, esp. when opposed to that of others; obstinacy. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • self-will — [self′wil′] n. persistent carrying out of one s own will or wishes, esp. when in conflict with others; stubbornness; obstinacy self willed adj …   English World dictionary

  • self-will — self will′ n. stubborn or obstinate willfulness, as in pursuing one s own wishes or aims • Etymology: bef. 900 self willed′, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • self-will — N UNCOUNT Someone s self will is their determination to do what they want without caring what other people think. She had a little core of self will that gave her a sparkle lacking in Isabel …   English dictionary

  • self-will — self willed, adj. self willedly, adv. self willedness, n. /self wil , self /, n. stubborn or obstinate willfulness, as in pursuing one s own wishes, aims, etc. [bef. 900; ME: one s own will, stubbornness; OE: one s own will; see SELF, WILL2] * *… …   Universalium

  • self-will — noun 1. resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑stubbornness, ↑bullheadedness, ↑obstinacy, ↑obstinance, ↑pigheadedness • Derivationally related forms: ↑pigheaded …   Useful english dictionary

  • self-will — /sɛlf ˈwɪl/ (say self wil) noun 1. wilfulness. 2. obstinacy …   Australian English dictionary

  • self-will — noun The quality of being willful and ignoring opposition …   Wiktionary

  • self-will — stubbornness, obstinacy …   English contemporary dictionary

  • self-will — n. Wilfulness, stubbornness, doggedness, obstinacy, pig headedness …   New dictionary of synonyms

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