1.The power of choosing; the faculty or endowment of the soul by which it is capable of choosing; the faculty or power of the mind by which we decide to do or not to do; the power or faculty of preferring or selecting one of two or more objects.
2.The choice which is made; a determination or preference which results from the act or exercise of the power of choice; a volition.
3.The choice or determination of one who has authority; a decree; a command; discretionary pleasure.
Thy will be done.
- Matt. vi. 10.
4.Strong wish or inclination; desire; purpose.
5.That which is strongly wished or desired.
What's your will, good friar?
- Shak.
The mariner hath his will.
- Coleridge.
6.Arbitrary disposal; power to control, dispose, or determine.
Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies.
- Ps. xxvii. 12.
7.(Law) The legal declaration of a person's mind as to the manner in which he would have his property or estate disposed of after his death; the written instrument, legally executed, by which a man makes disposition of his estate, to take effect after his death; testament; devise. See the Note under Testament, 1.
At will
(Law) at pleasure. To hold an estate at the will of another, is to enjoy the possession at his pleasure, and be liable to be ousted at any time by the lessor or proprietor. An estate at will is at the will of both parties.
Good will
See under Good.
Ill will
enmity; unfriendliness; malevolence.
To have one's will
to obtain what is desired; to do what one pleases.
Will worship
worship according to the dictates of the will or fancy; formal worship.
Will worshiper
one who offers will worship.
With a will
with willingness and zeal; with all one's heart or strength; earnestly; heartily.
- Jer. Taylor.
v. t. & au1.
[imp. Would . Indic. present, I will (Obs. I wol), thou wilt, he will (Obs. he wol); we, ye, they will.]
1.To wish; to desire; to incline to have.
Caleb said unto her, What will thou ?
- Judg. i. 14.
They would none of my counsel.
- Prov. i. 30.
2.As an auxiliary, will is used to denote futurity dependent on the verb. Thus, in first person, "I will" denotes willingness, consent, promise; and when "will" is emphasized, it denotes determination or fixed purpose; as, I will go if you wish; I will go at all hazards. In the second and third persons, the idea of distinct volition, wish, or purpose is evanescent, and simple certainty is appropriately expressed; as, "You will go," or "He will go," describes a future event as a fact only. To emphasize will denotes (according to the tone or context) certain futurity or fixed determination.
v. i.1.To be willing; to be inclined or disposed; to be pleased; to wish; to desire.
Will I, nill I
whether I, you, or he will it or not; hence, without choice; compulsorily; - commonly abbreviated to willy nilly.
- J. H. Newman.
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Willed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Willing. Indic. present I will, thou willeth, he wills; we, ye, they will.]
1.To form a distinct volition of; to determine by an act of choice; to ordain; to decree.
2.To enjoin or command, as that which is determined by an act of volition; to direct; to order.
They willed me say so, madam.
- Shak.
As you go, will the lord mayor . . .
To attend our further pleasure presently.
- J. Webster.
3.To give or direct the disposal of by testament; to bequeath; to devise; as, to will one's estate to a child; also, to order or direct by testament; as, he willed that his nephew should have his watch.
v. i.1.To exercise an act of volition; to choose; to decide; to determine; to decree.
At Winchester he lies, so himself willed.
- Robert of Brunne.
Noun1.will - the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention; "the exercise of their volition we construe as revolt"- George Meredith
Synonyms: volition
2.will - a fixed and persistent intent or purpose; "where there's a will there's a way"
3.will - a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die
Synonyms: testament
Verb1.will - decree or ordain; "God wills our existence"
2.will - have in mind; "I will take the exam tomorrow"
Synonyms: wish
3.will - determine by choice; "This action was willed and intended"
4.will - leave or give by will after one's death; "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry"; "My grandfather left me his entire estate"
Synonyms: bequeath, leave

WILL, criminal law. The power of the mind which directs the actions of a man.
     2. In criminal law it is necessary that there should be an act of the will to commit a crime, for unless the act is wilful it is no offence.
     3. It is the consent of the will which renders human actions commendable or culpable, and where there is no win there can be no transgression.
     4. The defect or want of will may be classed as follows: 1. Natural, as that of infancy. 2. Accidental; namely, 1st. Dementia. 2d. Casualty or chance. 3d. Ignorance. (q.v.) 3. Civil; namely, 1st. Civil subjection. 2d. Compulsion. 3d. Necessity. 4th. Well-grounded fear. Hale's P. C. c. 2 Hawk. P. C. book 1, c. 1.

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