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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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References in classic literature ?
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.
Knotz discussed the Fair Credit Reporting Act, noting that the surge of class actions against employers for Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violations is largely due to the availability of statutory damages that can reach up to $1,000 per class member where willfulness is shown, even where no injury exists.
The test for willfulness is whether there was a voluntary, intentional violation of a known legal duty.
104) The willfulness requirement is closely related to the affirmative
Greek people will stand firm with even greater willfulness.
This is unprecedented and demonstrates again the willfulness of a government that is well aware of the effect these cuts are having yet plough ahead regardless.
Defending a client against the higher penalties associated with willfulness calls upon the practitioner's skills and abilities.
I once ruined, wittingly, with magnolia boughs and willfulness.