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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.willfulness - the trait of being prone to disobedience and lack of disciplinewillfulness - the trait of being prone to disobedience and lack of discipline
intractability, intractableness - the trait of being hard to influence or control
contrariness, perverseness, perversity - deliberate and stubborn unruliness and resistance to guidance or discipline
wildness - an unruly disposition to do as one pleases; "Liza had always had a tendency to wildness"; "the element of wildness in his behavior was a protest against repressive convention"


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Her will was sometimes willfulness, and the ease with which she did most things led her to be impatient of hard tasks or long ones.
The inveterate willfulness and caprice of his proceedings in these particulars defied every effort to reduce them to a system, and baffled all attempts at calculating on them beforehand.
Philander, that I was quite right, as usual; and but for your stubborn willfulness we should have escaped a series of most humiliating, not to say dangerous accidents.
Oh, my friend, that I should have brought you to all this by my willfulness and vanity; and now when I might save you my wits leave me and I forget the way.
These are people who think if a 'real' leader becomes prime minister, their willfulness on internal security and foreign policy will not be successful.
Under IRC section 6672, willfulness has been defined as a "voluntary, intentional, and conscious decision" to pay other creditors rather than remit the trust fund taxes to the government (Godfrey).
Senator Hatchs legislation creates a default intent standard of willfulness for all federal criminal offenses lacking such a requirement, forcing the government to prove a defendant knew their conduct was unlawful.
Shiya, on his part, said that Kuwaitis and GCC citizens in general always feel at home in Sawfar town, affirming that most of them take a meticulous approach when they build their properties, a sign that showcases their willfulness to enjoy their stay in their second home country.
The statute, in other words, holds a responsible person personally liable for the penalty, effectively piercing the business's veil where the elements of responsible-person status and willfulness are present.
Summary: The ultimate effect of the Halo decision is likely to be frequent willfulness challenges that survive summary judgment and are submitted to a jury.
The jury found "three separate findings of willfulness and maliciousness against Walmart," Cuker's attorneys said in the motion last week for attorneys' fees and costs.