Definition of wilful in English:


Line breaks: wil¦ful
Pronunciation: /ˈwɪlfʊl
, -f(ə)l/
(US also willful)




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  • But there can be no question that the province willfully or knowingly underfunds the Health Department.
  • Our first and primary thrust will be against those who knowingly and willfully violate the law.
  • The lyrics remained bizarre, wilfully obtuse, stream of consciousness stuff.


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  • Is it willfulness, stubbornness, or just an attempt to be in control at the expense of everything and everyone else?
  • Sometimes Jaime drove his parents to distraction with his willfulness, and some nights, when he would not sleep - he was so busy watching the world outside and wondering what more there was to see - they lost their tempers.
  • Too much attention given to the only child in a family not only blinds parents' ability to reason and clouds their judgement, it also encourages the child's willfulness.


Middle English: from the noun will2 + -ful.

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