wilful [wil-fuh l] SynonymsExamples adjective

  1. willful.

Related formswil·ful·ly, adverbwil·ful·ness, nounun·wil·ful, adjectiveun·wil·ful·ly, adverbun·wil·ful·ness, noun willful or wil·ful [wil-fuhl] adjective

  1. deliberate, voluntary, or intentional: The coroner ruled the death willful murder.
  2. unreasonably stubborn or headstrong; self-willed.

Origin of willful 1150–1200; Middle English; Old English wilful willing. See will2, -ful Related formswill·ful·ly, adverbwill·ful·ness, nounhalf-will·ful, adjectivehalf-will·ful·ly, adverbhalf-will·ful·ness, nounun·will·ful, adjectiveun·will·ful·ly, adverbun·will·ful·ness, nounSynonyms for willful 1. volitional. 2. intransigent; contrary, refractory, pigheaded, inflexible, obdurate, adamant. Willful, headstrong, perverse, wayward refer to one who stubbornly insists upon doing as he or she pleases. Willful suggests a stubborn persistence in doing what one wishes, especially in opposition to those whose wishes or commands ought to be respected or obeyed: that willful child who disregarded his parents’ advice. One who is headstrong is often foolishly, and sometimes violently, self-willed: reckless and headstrong youths. The perverse person is unreasonably or obstinately intractable or contrary, often with the express intention of being disagreeable: perverse out of sheer spite. Wayward in this sense has the connotation of rash wrongheadedness that gets one into trouble: a reform school for wayward girls. Antonyms for willful 2. obedient, tractable. Examples from the Web for wilful Historical Examples of wilful

  • That would be presumption indeed, not to say wilful self-deception.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • There is no halt to be looked for, no tranquillity in renunciation and wilful blindness.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

  • Of such a quality is the love of princes—vain, capricious, and wilful.

    Bardelys the Magnificent

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Suddenly she seemed to him most pathetic in her wilful folly.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • You preferred being obstinate and wilful toward me, I suppose?

    A Bride of the Plains

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

  • British Dictionary definitions for wilful wilful US willful adjective

    1. intent on having one’s own way; headstrong or obstinate
    2. intentionalwilful murder

    Derived Formswilfully or US willfully, adverbwilfulness or US willfulness, noun willful adjective

    1. the US spelling of wilful

    Word Origin and History for wilful willful adj.

    c.1200, “strong-willed,” from will (n.) + -ful. Willfully is late Old English wilfullice “of one’s own free will, voluntarily;” bad sense of “on purpose” is attested from late 14c.

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