self-willed

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English selfe-willed, selwillyd, equivalent to self- +‎ willed. Compare Middle English onwille, anewil (selfwilled, stubborn), from Old English ānwille (literally one-willed, one's own-willed, self-willed).

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self-willed (comparative more self-willed, superlative most self-willed)

  1. Obstinate; strong-minded
    He was so self-willed that he refused to do anything that did not grant instant satisfaction.
  2. Possessing self-will.
    The idea of self-willed machines, which could decide to take over the world, scares all the people smart enough to create such devices.

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