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adjective will·ful \ˈwil-fəl\

Simple Definition of willful

  • : refusing to change your ideas or opinions or to stop doing something

  • : done deliberately

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of willful

  1. 1 :  obstinately and often perversely self-willed <a stubborn and willful child>

  2. 2 :  done deliberately :  intentional <willful disobedience>

willfully play \-fə-lē\ adverb
willfulness noun

Examples of willful in a sentence

  1. a stubborn and willful child

  2. He has shown a willful disregard for other people's feelings.

13th Century

First Known Use of willful

13th century

Variants of willful

or wilful play \ˈwil-fəl\

Synonym Discussion of willful

unruly, ungovernable, intractable, refractory, recalcitrant, willful, headstrong mean not submissive to government or control. unruly implies lack of discipline or incapacity for discipline and often connotes waywardness or turbulence of behavior <unruly children>. ungovernable implies either an escape from control or guidance or a state of being unsubdued and incapable of controlling oneself or being controlled by others <ungovernable rage>. intractable suggests stubborn resistance to guidance or control <intractable opponents of the hazardous-waste dump>. refractory stresses resistance to attempts to manage or to mold <special schools for refractory children>. recalcitrant suggests determined resistance to or defiance of authority <acts of sabotage by a recalcitrant populace>. willful implies an obstinate determination to have one's own way <a willful disregard for the rights of others>. headstrong suggests self-will impatient of restraint, advice, or suggestion <a headstrong young cavalry officer>.

Rhymes with willful

WILLFUL Defined for Kids


adjective will·ful \ˈwil-fəl\

Definition of willful for Students

  1. 1 :  stubborn 1 <willful children>

  2. 2 :  intentional <willful disobedience>

willfully \-fə-lē\ adverb
willfulness noun

Variants of willful

or wilful \ˈwil-fəl\

Law Dictionary


adjective will·ful \ˈwil-fəl\

Legal Definition of willful

  1. :  not accidental :  done deliberately or knowingly and often in conscious violation or disregard of the law, duty, or the rights of others <willful injury>

willfully adverb
willfulness noun

Variants of willful

or wilful \ˈwil-fəl\ play

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