willpower

noun
will·​pow·​er | \ˈwil-ˌpau̇(-ə)r \

Definition of willpower 

: energetic determination

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Examples of willpower in a Sentence

The dessert buffet tested my willpower. He conquered his drinking problem through sheer willpower.

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The best candidates in any service branch are able to tear up a physical training course, score well on mental aptitude tests and possess the willpower to complete long, difficult training that — for the Air Force — can run as long as three years. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "AF recruiting squadron to seek — and keep — toughest airmen," 30 June 2018 This man is and always will be an example or sheer willpower and dedication. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Michael Jackson Was 'Chemically Castrated' by Late Father Joe, Claims Dr. Conrad Murray: Report," 11 July 2018 But not even adamantine willpower could overcome the exhaustion that Rihanna was feeling in that moment. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Rihanna on Body Image, Turning 30, and Staying Real—No Matter What," 3 May 2018 Maybe our death grip on our phones, which now occupy five hours of every day, isn’t a personal failing—lack of willpower, rudeness, narcissism. Nitasha Tiku, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction," 18 Apr. 2018 Propelled by an ever-lengthening stride and extraordinary willpower, the lanky British medical student Roger Bannister became the first person to run a mile in less than four minutes. Anne Kenderdine, Washington Post, "Roger Bannister, the first person to run a mile in less than 4 minutes, dies at 88," 4 Mar. 2018 This man is and always will be an example or sheer willpower and dedication. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Michael Jackson Was 'Chemically Castrated' by Late Father Joe, Claims Dr. Conrad Murray: Report," 11 July 2018 Losing weight and keeping it off isn't simply a matter of willpower. Elisabeth Poorman, SELF, "Why It's Not Productive to Just Tell a Patient 'You Have to Lose Weight'," 26 June 2018 In this food-loving writer’s experience, strategies for success help, but there’s no replacement for old-fashioned willpower. Jennifer Franklin, Bon Appetit, "What's Up With Intermittent Fasting, and Should We Be Doing It?," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of willpower

1858, in the meaning defined above

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willpower

noun

English Language Learners Definition of willpower

: the ability to control yourself : strong determination that allows you to do something difficult (such as to lose weight or quit smoking)

willpower

noun
will·​pow·​er | \ˈwil-ˌpau̇-ər \

Kids Definition of willpower

: strong determination It takes willpower to get yourself in shape.

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