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 Dictionary entry overview: What does willful mean? 

WILLFUL (adjective)
  The adjective WILLFUL has 2 senses:

1. done by design
2. habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition

  Familiarity information: WILLFUL used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

WILLFUL (adjective)

Sense 1willful [BACK TO TOP]


Done by design


wilful; willful; intentional

Context examples:

the insult was intentional / willful disobedience


voluntary (of your own free will or design; not forced or compelled)

Sense 2willful [BACK TO TOP]


Habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition


froward; headstrong; self-willed; wilful; willful


disobedient (not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority)

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