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Synonyms for willful
ˈwɪl fəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. willful, wilful(adj)

    done by design

    "the insult was intentional"; "willful disobedience"

    Synonyms:
    froward, headstrong, self-willed, wilful

    Antonyms:
    obedient, nonvoluntary, involuntary, unvoluntary

  2. froward, headstrong, self-willed, willful, wilful(adj)

    habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition

    Synonyms:
    froward, wilful, headstrong, self-willed

    Antonyms:
    unvoluntary, obedient, involuntary, nonvoluntary

Wiktionary

  1. willful(adjective)

    Done in a manner which was intended.

    Synonyms:
    voluntary, volitional

  2. willful(adjective)

    Stubborn.

    Synonyms:
    spiteful, headstrong, obstinate, self-willed

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. willful(a)

    Synonyms:
    refractory, headstrong, perverse, disobedient, inflexible

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    deliberate, intentional, wilful, stubborn

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How to use willful in a sentence?

  1. W. H. Auden:

    If music in general is an imitation of history, opera in particular is an imitation of human willfulness; it is rooted in the fact that we not only have feelings but insist upon having them at whatever cost to ourselves. The quality common to all the great operatic roles, e.g., Don Giovanni, Norma, Lucia, Tristan, Isolde, Br?nnhilde, is that each of them is a passionate and willful state of being. In real life they would all be bores, even Don Giovanni.

  2. Dudley Sharp:

    So often, it seems, that willful ignorance is, now, the default position for absolute certainty. Dudley Sharp, 2019

  3. Leo Buscaglia:

    Change is the end result of all true learning. Change involves three things: First, a dissatisfaction with self -- a felt void or need; second, a decision to change to fill the void or need; and third, a conscious dedication to the process of growth and change -- the willful act of making the change, doing something.

  4. Anthony Scott:

    Now that Michael Slager has pleaded guilty to a willful violation, admitted the facts we set out to prove and waived the right to appeal Michael Slager conviction, a successive prosecution by the State is not necessary.

  5. Seán O'Casey:

    Disease an never be conquered, can never be quelled by emotion's willful screaming or faith's symbolic prayer. It can only be conquered by the energy of humanity and the cunning in the mind of man. In the patience of a Curie, in the enlightenment of a Faraday, a Rutherford, a Pasteur, a Nightingale, and all other apostles of light and cleanliness, rather than of a woebegone godliness, we shall find final deliverance from plague, pestilence, and famine.


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