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.
n : the trait of being prone to disobedience and lack of
discipline [syn: unruliness, fractiousness, wilfulness]