V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. done on purpose; 2. stubborn or obstinate

Synonyms: voluntary, conscious, deliberate, intended, stubborn, obstinate, obdurate, inflexible

Antonyms: accidental, inadvertent, impulsive

Tips: Think of a person's will or intent to do something. Willful describes things done on purpose (by free will) or someone who is stubborn (full of will).

Usage Examples:

Charles was a willful man who never admitted his mistakes. (stubborn, obstinate)

She had a hard time forgiving his lies because she knew they were both willful and spiteful. (deliberate, intended)

Her son purposely missed curfew again, so she punished him for his willful disobedience. (deliberate, conscious)

The mother worried that her willful son would have a hard time making friends. (obdurate, obstinate, stubborn)

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