will·ful or wil·ful /'wil-fəl/ adj: not accidental: done deliberately or knowingly and often in conscious violation or disregard of the law, duty, or the rights of others
willful injury
a willful violation of a court order
will·ful·ly adv
will·ful·ness n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective conscious, contemplated, contumax, deliberate, designed, inflexible, intended, intentional, intractable, intransigent, obdurate, obstinate, obstinatus, pertinax, planned, premeditated, purposed, purposeful, restive, retractory, studied, tenacious, uncompromising, unconstrained, unyielding, volitional, volitive, voluntary associated concepts: willful acts II index arbitrary and capricious, deliberate, disobedient, express, froward, hot-blooded, inexorable, inflexible, intentional, intractable, obdurate, pertinacious, premeditated, purposeful, recalcitrant, restive, spontaneous, unbending, uncontrollable, unruly, unyielding, voluntary

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Deliberate; intentional; premeditated.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

Intentional, conscious, and intended to achieve a particular result.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 In civil law, intentional, voluntary, knowing; distinguished from accidental, but not necessarily malicious.
2 In criminal law, an act done stubbornly or with an evil intent.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

Intentional; not accidental; voluntary; designed.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

Intentional; not accidental; voluntary; designed.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   referring to acts which are intentional, conscious and directed toward achieving a purpose. Some willful conduct which has wrongful or unfortunate results is considered "hardheaded," "stubborn" and even "malicious." Example: "The defendant's attack on his neighbor was willful."
   See also: willfully

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Willful — Will ful, a. [Will + full.] [Written also wilful.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of set purpose; self determined; voluntary; as, willful murder. Foxe. [1913 Webster] In willful poverty chose to lead his life. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Thou to me Art all things …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • willful — [adj1] stubborn, obstinate adamant, bullheaded, contumacious, determined, dogged, fractious, froward, headstrong, inflexible, intractable, intransigent, mulish, obdurate, persistent, pertinacious, perverse, pigheaded, refractory, resolved, self… …   New thesaurus

  • willful — c.1200, strong willed, from WILL (Cf. will) (n.) + FUL (Cf. ful). Willfully is late O.E. wilfullice of one s own free will, voluntarily; bad sense of on purpose is attested from late 14c …   Etymology dictionary

  • willful — 1 deliberate, intentional, *voluntary, willing Analogous words: determined, decided, resolved (see DECIDE): intended, purposed (see INTEND): *obstinate, stubborn, dogged, pertinacious Contrasted words: acquiescent, *compliant: submissive, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • willful — [wil′fəl] adj. 1. said or done deliberately or intentionally 2. doing as one pleases; self willed SYN. VOLUNTARY willfully adv. willfulness n …   English World dictionary

  • willful — Proceeding from a conscious motion of the will; voluntary; knowingly; deliberate. Intending the result which actually comes to pass; designed; intentional; purposeful; not accidental or involuntary. Premeditated; malicious; done with evil intent …   Black's law dictionary

  • willful — willfully, adv. willfulness, n. /wil feuhl/, adj. 1. deliberate, voluntary, or intentional: The coroner ruled the death willful murder. 2. unreasonably stubborn or headstrong; self willed. Also, wilful. [1150 1200; ME; OE wilful willing. See… …   Universalium

  • willful — will•ful or wilful [[t]ˈwɪl fəl[/t]] adj. 1) deliberate, voluntary, or intentional: willful murder[/ex] 2) cvb unreasonably stubborn or headstrong; perversely obstinate • Etymology: 1150–1200 will′ful•ly, adv. will′ful•ness, n. syn: willful,… …   From formal English to slang

  • willful — or wilful adjective Date: 13th century 1. obstinately and often perversely self willed < a stubborn and willful child > 2. done deliberately ; intentional < willful disobedience > Synonyms: see unruly • willfully adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • willful — adjective 1) willful destruction Syn: deliberate, intentional, done on purpose, premeditated, planned, conscious Ant: accidental, unintentional 2) a willful child Syn …   Thesaurus of popular words

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