Definition of strong-willed in English:



  • Determined to do as one wants even if other people advise against it.

    ‘she's a very strong-willed little girl’
    • ‘Usually I wouldn't listen because I'm very strong-willed and I like to bully him.’
    • ‘Part of her problem, she concedes, is that she's " not very strong-willed ".’
    • ‘Because you're strong-willed, it's easy to get into shouting matches with people about the stupidest things.’
    • ‘I have to stay strong-willed, say my prayers and hope for the best.’
    • ‘Ted was charismatic, playful, strong-willed, and above all, one of a kind.’
    • ‘Bringing in two or three strong-willed players who would not submit to the losing atmosphere would be one place to start.’
    • ‘They must have had pretty incredible parents, because they are extremely strong-willed.’
    • ‘His strong-willed mother, a Russian Jewish immigrant, expected great things of her firstborn.’
    • ‘My aunt was a prudent, graceful and strong-willed woman.’
    • ‘She's utterly convincing as a wallflower in the film's opening scenes, but equally impressive as a strong-willed woman as the film progresses.’
    • ‘Anyone, no matter how strong-willed or educated will, to some extent, succumb to these mind control techniques.’
    • ‘Her strong-willed nature came from deep thinking and drawing her own conclusions.’
    • ‘She paints a portrait of a young, 31-year-old woman who was bright and strong-willed and who chaffed under the discipline imposed on a first lady.’
    • ‘Kandice is a strong-willed child who before then had seldom showed emotion, even when I would punish her.’
    • ‘Typically strong-willed, Tom and Mary enjoyed the support of their loyal customers through what was a trying time.’
    • ‘Far from being a dowdy matron, she was a strong-willed, independent-minded, intelligent woman, twice married, with a mischievous sense of humour.’
    • ‘As a politician, Lincoln was ruthless and calculating, temperamental and strong-willed.’
    • ‘Rayford Steele, a strong-willed pilot in his 40s, is the head of the group.’
    • ‘Even back then, the relationship between the two strong-willed men was clearly disintegrating.’
    • ‘Your polished outward appearance is a mere reflection of that soulful, strong-willed person inside.’
    determined, iron-willed, resolute, stubborn, stubborn as a mule, mulish, obstinate, wilful, headstrong, strong-minded, self-willed, inflexible, unbending, unyielding, intransigent, intractable, obdurate, recalcitrant, refractory
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