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English definition of “wilful”


adjective UK (US willful)     /ˈwɪlfəl/
doing what you want to do, although you are not allowed to or other people tell you not to: wilful disobedienceStrong-willed
wilfully adverb
(Definition of wilful adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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