willful

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Etymology[edit]

will +‎ -ful

Adjective[edit]

willful (comparative more willful, superlative most willful)

  1. Done in a manner which was intended.
  2. Intentional.
    • 2005, Irvin D. Yalom; Molyn Leszcz, The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, page 182:
      Knowingly or unknowingly, every therapist assumes that each client possesses the capacity to change through willful choice.
  3. Stubborn.
    • 1893, Edwin Caskoden, , page 110:
      Mary had taken the whim into her willful head, and Jane could not dissuade her.
    • 1995, Francine Rivers, As Sure as the Dawn, page 232:
      "He's as willful as you," Rizpah said. "If you let him hurt himself again, so help me, I'll — "
    • 2007, Roger K. Thomas, Kinshu: Autumn Brocade‎, translation of original by Teru Miyamoto, page 136:
      You had a pampered upbringing, and possessed enough of a willful streak that I wanted to slap you at times

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