1. Of set purpose; self-determined; voluntary; as, willful murder.
In willful poverty chose to lead his life. --Chaucer.
Thou to me
Art all things under heaven, all places thou,
Who, for my willful crime, art banished hence. --Milton.
2. Governed by the will without yielding to reason; obstinate; perverse; inflexible; stubborn; refractory; as, a willful man or horse.
-- Will*ful*ly, adv. -- Will*ful*ness, n.
adj 1: done by design; "the insult was intentional"; "willful
disobedience" [syn: intentional, wilful]
2: habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition [syn: froward,
headstrong, self-willed, wilful]
3: by conscious design or purpose; "intentional damage"; "a
knowing attempt to defraud"; "a willful waste of time"
[syn: deliberate, intentional, knowing, wilful]