force of will

noun phrase

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. used to express futurity

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

  3. used to express a command, exhortation, or injunction

  1. : a legal declaration of a person's wishes regarding the disposal of his or her property or estate after death

  2. : desire, wish: such as

  3. : disposition, inclination

  1. : to cause or change by an act of will

  2. : intend, purpose

  3. : decree, ordain


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