willed

adjective
\ˈwild \

Definition of willed 

1 : having a will especially of a specified kind usually used in combination strong-willed

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Examples of willed in a Sentence

a hard-nosed industrialist with a willed indifference to public opinion

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Barbara: Anyone who knows Nicole knows she is very strong willed and has very strong opinions. Peter Kiefer, The Hollywood Reporter, "Barbara Boxer and Daughter Nicole Launch Political Podcast In Time For the Midterms," 1 June 2018 The study attributed that to the strong-willed nature of those nonagenarians, who spoke to researchers about their beliefs, history of migration, family and country. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Just can’t ‘let it go’? You’ll pay later for holding on to all that stress, study says," 10 Apr. 2018 Although General Hifter styles himself as a military virtuoso who forged Libya’s only disciplined army, in practice his Libyan National Army is a loose coalition of militias headed by strong-willed commanders. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Libyan Strongman’s Illness Stokes Fears of a Succession Feud," 19 Apr. 2018 More broadly, Cohn instilled a kind of willed serenity and faith among global business leaders that Trump could successfully be managed and steered in a corporate-friendly direction. Joshua Green, Bloomberg.com, "Cohn Is Out, and the Verdict Is In: The Nationalists Are Back," 8 Mar. 2018 Beria has the ear of Stalin's fatuous, weak-willed deputy, Georgy Malenkov (Tambor), and Khrushchev recruits the defense minister, Nicolai Bulganin (Paul Chahidi), in his scheme to outflank Beria by bringing in the Soviet army. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "The Death of Stalin shines a light on Lavrenti Beria, head of the Soviet Union’s dreaded secret police.," 15 Mar. 2018 Related Progress in an encounter between two strong-willed leaders could set the terms for painstaking negotiations, carried out by aides, to eliminate North Korea’s nuclear arsenal in return for security guarantees. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "Trump Agrees to Meet North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un," 8 Mar. 2018 What rang really true was the butting of heads and the strong-willed nature of those two characters. Michael Ordona, latimes.com, "Laurie Metcalf's personal journey of 'Lady Bird'," 15 Feb. 2018 Hugus, who took over the River Hill girls team in 2015, has seen that strong-willed nature throughout Tiamfook’s career and views it as one of the biggest contributing factors to her sustained success. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "River Hill's Jasmine Tiamfook repeats as girls cross country Runner of the Year," 22 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of willed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of willed was in the 14th century

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