Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Said or done on purpose; deliberate. See Synonyms at voluntary.
  • adj. Obstinately bent on having one's own way.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Done in a manner which was intended.
  • adj. Intentional.
  • adj. Stubborn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of set purpose; self-determined; voluntary.
  • adj. Governed by the will without yielding to reason; obstinate; perverse; inflexible; stubborn; refractory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. etc. See wilful, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. done by design
  • adj. habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition

Etymologies

will +‎ -ful (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Adrian Sanders, a Liberal Democrat MP, asked James Murdoch if he was familiar with the term "willful blindness," a legal term referring to executives who purposefully hide behind the excuse of not knowing.

    Murdochs Are Grilled

  • Are you familiar with the term 'willful blindness?' asked Liberal Democrat Adrian Sanders.

    News Corp execs don't admit role in phone hacking

  • During last week's hearing, James Murdoch was asked if he was familiar with the term "willful blindness," which was used to describe the behavior of senior executives at Enron who averted their eyes from wrongdoing.

    NYT > Home Page

  • During last week's hearing, James Murdoch was asked if he was familiar with the term "willful blindness," which was used to describe the behavior of senior executives at Enron, who allegedly averted their eyes from wrongdoing.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Murray - announced that they were going to flesh out the original by changing dialogue, adding back stories, and having a new, more upbeat ending, Stephen Sondheim got so angry he wrote to the New York Times attacking what he called willful ignorance and arrogance.

    NPR Topics: News

  • Congressman Rush Holt, D-New Jersey, Thursday accused the Pentagon of what he called "willful blindness" in not acting faster to identify and correct the problems and fully report them.

    CNN.com

  • The meaning of the word "willful" is notoriously murky see, e.g., the multitudinous Supreme Court cases over the word, so the statute would be improved by using a more detailed synonym.

    Ars Technica

  • Break them and await arrest in willful, principled civil disobedience.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Rhetoric of Opposition

  • In studying the video, my political side would like to believe Murdoch's performance on Tuesday was all hubris topped off by an "old man act" in the name of willful denial.

    Michael Shaw: Reading the Pictures: Murdoch Testimony: Missing a Few Marbles?

  • How many of you have ever heard of progressives shooting up a place, or making death threats publicly, or indulging in willful violence, all in the name of liberty?

    Think Progress » Utah state senator wants to create holiday honoring ‘gun pioneer’ on MLK Day.

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