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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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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 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

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First Known Use of willed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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a strong desire or propensity

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