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I can use all the help I can get trying to manage my three big, willful dogs at home and in the outdoors.

The revised premise, which I’ve been asked not to say much more about before the premiere drops, requires some willful suspension of disbelief.

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Rather than being an extraordinarily malicious person, he was a “clown” living a genocidal lie fostered and perpetuated by a culture of willful self-deception.

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If one of the attorneys finds that the complaint meets a “knowing and willful” standard, Googins is supposed to forward it to the district attorney’s office.

Because this revenue represented goods Under Armour actually did sell, the SEC said it did not find that the company violated accounting rules and claimed that it committed fraud by negligence, rather than willful wrongdoing.

The movement was a willful, angry child, though, exploding away from “art” and from the canvas in particular.

Cribs, unlike seatbelts, are built for the purpose of willful prevention.

The pendulum has swung too far in the other direction from physician paternalism towards willful ignorance by patients.

At times it can seem too proud of its virtuous noncommerciality; its slowness can seem shallow, its artiness willful.

Is the study of society undertaken with a willful ignorance of moral philosophy, theology, civics, and Econ 101.

A sweet and blessed sleep enveloped her like the cloak of a kind mother wrapping the willful child who has much suffered and wept.

She was high-spirited as a girl, a little willful and impulsive, but with the best heart in the world.

Marian undoubtedly wheedled her father a good deal in the manner of handsome and willful daughters.

He was selfish, willful, and obstinate at two-and-thirty as he had been at ten years of age.

He was a willful man, with a good deal of granite in his make-up.


On this page you'll find 104 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to willful, such as: headstrong, persistent, perverse, adamant, bullheaded, and contumacious.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.