force of will

Definition of force of will

:ability to continue trying despite difficulties :determination
  • She succeeded by/through sheer force of will.

Word by Word Definitions

force play
  1. : strength or energy exerted or brought to bear : cause of motion or change : active power

  2. used with a number to indicate the strength of the wind according to the Beaufort scale

  3. : moral or mental strength

  1. : to do violence to

  2. : to compel by physical, moral, or intellectual means

  3. : to make or cause especially through natural or logical necessity

will play
  1. : desire, wish

  2. used to express desire, choice, willingness, consent, or in negative constructions refusal

  3. used to express frequent, customary, or habitual action or natural tendency or disposition

  1. : desire, wish: such as

  2. : disposition, inclination

  3. : appetite, passion

  1. : to order or direct by a will

  2. : to dispose of by or as if by a will : bequeath

  3. : to determine by an act of choice


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