self-will

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English self-wil, self-wille, from Old English sylfwill, selfwill, selfwille(self-will), from Proto-Germanic *selbawiljô(self-will), equivalent to self- +‎ will. Cognate with Old High German selbwillo, selpwillo, Old Norse sjalfvili.

Noun[edit]

self-will ‎(uncountable)

  1. The quality of being willful and ignoring opposition.