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also wil·ful  (wĭl′fəl)
1. Said or done on purpose; deliberate: willful disregard of the rules. See Synonyms at voluntary.
2. Obstinately bent on having one's own way: exasperated by his willful child.

will′ful·ly adv.
will′ful·ness n.


the US spelling of wilful


or wil•ful

(ˈwɪl fəl)

1. deliberate, voluntary, or intentional: willful murder.
2. unreasonably stubborn or headstrong; perversely obstinate.
will′ful•ly, adv.
will′ful•ness, n.
syn: willful, headstrong, perverse, wayward refer to a person who stubbornly persists in doing as he or she pleases. willful implies opposition to those whose wishes, suggestions, or commands ought to be respected or obeyed: a willful son who ignored his parents' advice. headstrong is used in a similar way, but implies foolish and sometimes reckless behavior: headstrong teens who could not be restrained. perverse implies stubborn persistence in opposing what is right or acceptable, often with the express intention of being contrary or disagreeable: taking a perverse delight in arguing with others. wayward suggests stubborn disobedience that gets one into trouble: a reform school for wayward youths.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.willful - done by design; "the insult was intentional"; "willful disobedience"
voluntary - of your own free will or design; done by choice; not forced or compelled; "man is a voluntary agent"; "participation was voluntary"; "voluntary manslaughter"; "voluntary generosity in times of disaster"; "voluntary social workers"; "a voluntary confession"
2.willful - habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition
disobedient - not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority; "disobedient children"


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