Definition of 'wilful'
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He finds writing and directing arduous and resents financiers for what he sees as their wilful ignorance. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The almost wilful negligence of that era is a thing of the past. Times, Sunday Times (2013)But so is the wilful refusal to explain a single motive or frame. Times, Sunday Times (2006)And the wilful ignorance and arrogance is potentially catastrophic. The Sun (2013)To rave about this performance is tantamount to wilful blindness. Times, Sunday Times (2010)This has much to do with shopping and a little with wilful disregard of regular practice. Times, Sunday Times (2008)He also denies wilful misconduct in a public office. The Sun (2008)Yesterday she pleaded guilty to wilful neglect. The Sun (2011)He was greatly assisted by a wilful blindness on the part of the coalition. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Much more of this wilful disregard for issues of presentation might see him surrender public sympathy. Times, Sunday Times (2010)They talk with barely concealed fury at what they say is wilful neglect of the area. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Because wilful blindness to facts is rarely good policy. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Her parents admitted wilful neglect likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury. The Sun (2010)It is wilful blindness that lies behind the often sluggish reaction of the medical establishment to new research. Times, Sunday Times (2011)There's also an almost wilful attempt to mislead. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Which is why we've spent years building up a communal wilful ignorance. Times, Sunday Times (2007)I think this has been fragmented with wilful disregard. Times, Sunday Times (2011)We have failed not because it was impossible but because of our own almost wilful blind stupidity in not following the policies that were necessary. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It smacks of wilful ignorance. Times, Sunday Times (2014)If it transpires that there was indeed some fraud or misconduct or wilful misleading of people or abuse of office then, yes. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But I can honestly say that this was not done with wilful disregard of the policies and procedures that are in place. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But common to all of them is a notable - almost wilful - ignorance about handling money day to day. Times, Sunday Times (2009)As a last resort the liable person might be committed to prison if guilty of wilful refusal or culpable neglect, and might also be disqualified from driving. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The murder, and the arrest of two men suspected of it, brings to an abrupt end this wilful refusal to engage with reality. Times, Sunday Times (2006)
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Translations for 'wilful'
British English: wilful ADJECTIVE
If you describe actions or attitudes as wilful, you are critical of them because they are done or expressed deliberately, especially with the intention of causing someone harm.
Wilful neglect of our manufacturing industry has caused this problem.
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