English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'wilful'

(adjective) 
Definition
deliberate and intentional
Wilful neglect of the environment has caused this problem.
Synonyms
intentional
I can't blame him. It wasn't intentional.
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willed
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conscious
Make a conscious effort to relax your muscles.
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voluntary
a voluntary act undertaken in full knowledge of the consequences
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deliberate
The attack was deliberate and unprovoked.
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volitional
Opposites
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unplanned
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uncalculated
(adjective) 
Definition
determined to do things in one's own way
a selfish and wilful congressman
Synonyms
obstinate
He is obstinate and determined and will not give up.
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dogged
through sheer dogged determination
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persistent
He phoned again this morning – he's very persistent.
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adamant
She is adamant that she will not resign.
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stubborn
He is a stubborn character used to getting his own way.
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perverse
You're just being perverse.
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uncompromising
She is considered a tough and uncompromising negotiator.
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intractable
How can we reduce the influence of intractable opponents?
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inflexible
They viewed him as stubborn, inflexible and dogmatic.
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unyielding
his unyielding attitude on this subject
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intransigent
The worry is that the radicals will grow more intransigent.
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headstrong
He's very headstrong, but he's a good man underneath.
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obdurate
The administration have been obdurate defenders of the status quo.
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self-willed
He was very independent and self-willed.
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refractory
refractory priests who tried to side with the king
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pig-headed
In her pig-headed way, she insisted that she was right.
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mulish
He had a flushed, mulish look on his heavy face.
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froward (archaic)
Opposites

Additional synonyms

in the sense of adamant
Definition
unshakable in determination or purpose
She is adamant that she will not resign.
in the sense of conscious
Definition
deliberate or intentional
Make a conscious effort to relax your muscles.
in the sense of deliberate
Definition
carefully thought out in advance
The attack was deliberate and unprovoked.
Synonyms
planned,
considered,
designed,
done on purpose

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