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wilful

adjective disapproving (US usually willful) uk   us   /ˈwɪl.fəl/
(of something bad) done intentionally or (of a person) determined to do exactly as you want, even if you know it is wrong: The present crisis is the result of years of wilful neglect by the council. They eat huge quantities of sweet and fried foods, in wilful disregard of their health. She developed into a wilful, difficult child.
wilfully
adverb (US usually willfully) uk   us   /-i/
Some basic safety rules were wilfully ignored.
wilfulness
noun [U] (US usually willfulness) uk   us   /-nəs/
Translations of “wilful”
in Chinese (Traditional) 故意的, 任性的, 固執的…
in Russian своевольный…
in Turkish kasıtlı, kasdî, bilerek yapılan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 故意的, 任性的, 固执的…
in Polish uparty, umyślny…
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