Definition of willful
- a stubborn and willful child
- willful disobedience
a stubborn and willful child
He has shown a willful disregard for other people's feelings.
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balky, contrary, contumacious, defiant, disobedient, froward, incompliant, insubordinate, intractable, obstreperous, rebel, rebellious, recalcitrant, refractory, restive, ungovernable, unruly, untoward, wayward;
adamant, adamantine, dogged, hardheaded, headstrong, immovable, implacable, inflexible, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, opinionated, peevish, pertinacious, pigheaded, rigid, self-willed, stubborn, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding;
: refusing to change your ideas or opinions or to stop doing something
: done deliberately
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to grant as a privilege or special favor
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