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Definition of willed

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

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Examples of willed in a Sentence

a hard-nosed industrialist with a willed indifference to public opinion
Recent Examples on the Web How can anyone break through that kind of willed blindness and be seen? Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "Stephen Adly Guirgis’s World of Broken Women," 16 Dec. 2019 The preseason prediction was to expect fireworks between the strong-willed veteran quarterback and the neophyte coach. oregonlive, "Green Bay Packers vs Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football: Live score updates, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 14 Oct. 2019 In the wake of Dhaliwal’s death and at a candelight vigil Monday in his memory, friends and those who knew him remembered him as a strong-willed leader, a devoted Sikh and an eternal optimist. Dylan Mcguinness, Houston Chronicle, "'He would not want us to give in to the darkness': Memorial honors slain deputy," 2 Oct. 2019 She was known equally for her strong-willed independence as well as her generosity and sweetness. courant.com, "Susan J. Shepard," 14 Aug. 2019 Jane Austen’s romantic comedy about a strong-willed woman falling in love with a dreadful snob. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Shakespeare’s twins, Jane Austen romance delight in Santa Cruz," 31 July 2019 Quickly aware that his weak-willed friend is being tempted to good, Dirk resolves to corrupt and ruin Jacobea. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "‘Black Magic’ is an oft-overlooked thriller. Don’t overlook it.," 5 June 2019 Clarke's strong-willed nature is reflected in her beauty choices. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Emilia Clarke on What Makes Her Feel the Most Beautiful," 28 Mar. 2019 Although producers announced in August that Kaitlyn would only be reprising her role on a recurring—not regular—basis, fans still missed her strong-willed character amongst the group. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Here's When Eve Will Finally Be Back on 'Last Man Standing'," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of willed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Willed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/willed. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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