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Definition of "willful" []

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

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Use "willful" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "Are you familiar with the term 'willful blindness?' asked Liberal Democrat Adrian Sanders."
  • "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."