American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Variant of willful.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Willing; ready; eager; keen.
- Due to one's own will; spontaneous; voluntary; deliberate; intentional: as, wilful murder; wilful waste.
- Obstinate and unreasonable; not to be moved from one's notions, inclinations, purposes, or the like, by counsel, advice, commands, or instructions; obstinate; stubborn; refractory; wayward; inflexible: as, a wilful man; a wilful horse.
- Synonyms Untoward, Contrary, etc. (see wayward), self-willed, mulish, intractable, headstrong, unruly, heady.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. done by design
- adj. habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition
“In the select committee today, Adrian Sanders asked the Murdochs if they were familiar with the term 'wilful blindness'.”
“15.41 James Murdoch is asked is he is aware of the term "wilful blindness" as used in the Enron scandal.”
“Now, Miss Holman, that's what I call wilful,' said Holdsworth, as she gave them to him.”
“If Pryor actually believes what he seems to have said here, then I think he is engaged in wilful blindness about the nature of the criminal justice system in the United States.”
“If that cough-drop-devouring creature had openly instructed those fourteen people — and what unfinished-looking faces they have — so characteristic, I always think, of the lower middle-class, rather like sheep, or calves 'head (boiled, I mean), to bring in wilful murder against the poor little man, he couldn't have made himself plainer.”
“Here, the sentiment is, There are but two kingdoms, interests, parties -- with the proper workings of each: If I promote the one, I cannot belong to the other; but they that set themselves in wilful opposition to the kingdom of light openly proclaim to what other kingdom they belong.”
“Finally, she adjures you to consider, that if you still persevere to consume your time in wilful negligence, to bury all thought in idle gaiety, and to act without either reflection or principle, the career of faults which begins but in unthinking folly, will terminate in shame, in guilt, and in ruin!”
“Those that live in wilful ignorance, and know nothing to purpose, are no better than an untimely birth that has not seen the sun nor known any thing.”
“However, ACTA lowers the bar for individuals to be found criminally liable for a variety of offences by imposing liability where the conduct is 'wilful' - a word capable of very broad definition.”
“She had a good heart and a womanly, motherly touch, although many a mistress had called her wilful and pert.”
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