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    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    Subduing a wilful child is not an easy task.

    wilful = self-willed, headstrong, capricious

    They included, abolishing the distinction between murder and wilful murder and doing away with provocation as a partial defense.

    wilful = premeditated

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Last edited by vil; 26-Dec-2010 at 12:37.

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    Default Re: wilful

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Subduing a wilful child is not an easy task. 1. wilful = self-willed, headstrong, capricious

    They included, abolishing the distinction between murder and wilful murder and doing away with provocation as a partial defense.

    2. wilful = premeditated
    Yes. They are in fact not so different as they seem.
    in #1, the child is determined to follow its own will, regardless of what others think. In #2, the criminal is following his own will, committing the crime deliberately.

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