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wilfuladjective

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 ​presentcrisis is the ​result of ​years of wilful ​neglect by the ​council. They ​eathugequantities of ​sweet and ​friedfoods, in wilful ​disregard of ​theirhealth. She ​developed into a wilful, ​difficultchild.
wilfully
adverb (US usually willfully) uk   us   /-i/
Some ​basicsafetyrules were wilfully ​ignored.
wilfulness
noun [U] (US usually willfulness) uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of wilful from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “wilful”
in Chinese (Simplified) 故意的, 任性的, 固执的…
in Turkish kasıtlı, kasdî, bilerek yapılan…
in Russian своевольный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 故意的, 任性的, 固執的…
in Polish uparty, umyślny…
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