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From Middle English willar, wyller, equivalent to will +‎ -er.



willer (plural willers)

  1. One who wills; who causes by an act of will or willpower.
    Synonym: desirer
    • 1538, Myles Coverdale (translator), The Newe Testamente both Latine and Englyshe, Romans 9.16,[1]
      For he sayeth vnto Moses: I wyll haue mercy on whom I haue mercy, and haue compassion on whom I wyl haue compassion. It is not therfore of the wyller, nother of the runner, but of God the shewer of mercy.
    • 1648, Robert Filmer, The Free-holders Grand Inquest, London, 1679, p. 62,[2]
      [] he that shall act, or cause that Law to be executed, makes himself the Commander, or willer of it, which was originally the Will of others:
    • 1899, William Newton Clarke, Can I Believe in God the Father? New York: Scribner, Lecture 2, p. 84,[3]
      If the universe shows God to be a great thinker, there is good reason why we should take the next step, and affirm that God is also a great Willer. First of all, we do not know anything about thinkers that are not willers. Thought, so far as we have ken of it at all, is always accompanied by volition.
    • 1914, Jack London, The Mutiny of the Elsinore, Chapter 3,[4]
      What impressed me particularly was the mental and muscular superiority of these two officers. Despite their age—the mate sixty-nine and the second mate at least fifty—their minds and their bodies had acted with the swiftness and accuracy of steel springs. They were potent. They were iron. They were perceivers, willers, and doers.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, Part II, p. 395,[5]
      Bridie! Bridie Kelly! He will never forget the name, ever remember the night, first night, the bridenight. They are entwined in nethermost darkness, the willer with the willed, and in an instant (fiat!) light shall flood the world.
  2. One who leaves an inheritance by writing a will.
    • 1880, Jean de La Fontaine, J W M. Gibbs, The fables of La Fontaine, tr. by E. Wright, page 48:
      The father died. The females three Were much in haste the will to see. They read, and read, but still Saw not the willer's will. For could it well be understood That each of this sweet sisterhood, When she possess'd her part no more, Should to her mother pay it o'er?
    • 2002, Jean-Luc Marion, Being Given: Toward a Phenomenology of Givenness:
      For if the actuality of a last will and testament takes effect only with the fact of the death of the willer and testator, then strictly speaking, what decides inheritance is not the will of the giver but his decease.
    • 2012, Papa Murphy, Inheritance Laws in an Islamic Society, →ISBN, page 229:
      Also, if the heirs were two (2) sons, and a grand daughter her father died during the life of the willer, also the value of the compulsory will for her is one third (1/3rd,) of the heirshiip, becaus its the share of her father in the heirship if he was alive.

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