self-will

noun
\ ˌself-ˈwil How to pronounce self-will (audio) \

Definition of self-will

: stubborn or willful adherence to one's own desires or ideas : obstinacy

First Known Use of self-will

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-will was in the 15th century

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“Self-will.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-will. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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