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Definition of willful adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (also wilful) adjective
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  1. 1[usually before noun] (of a bad or harmful action) done deliberately, although the person doing it knows that it is wrong willful damage/misconduct/neglect
  2. 2determined to do what you want; not caring about what other people want synonym headstrong a willful child
adverb They were charged with willfully neglecting their children.
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noun [uncountable] the willfulness and arrogance of human nature
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