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wayward

Someone wayward is a little stubborn and independent — they're determined to find their own way and are not easily controlled.

Being wayward can mean a few things, but they all have something to do with doing your own thing — often, going against what others want you to do. A rebellious student is wayward. A son who ignores his parent's advice is wayward. A politician who goes against everyone else in his political party is wayward. Wayward folks like to go their own way — and they often take the unexpected path.

Definitions of wayward
  1. adjective
    resistant to guidance or discipline
    wayward behavior”
    synonyms: contrary, obstinate, perverse
    disobedient
    not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
  2. adjective
    difficult to manage or keep in order
  3. adjective
    likely to perform unpredictably
    synonyms: erratic, temperamental
    undependable, unreliable
    not worthy of reliance or trust
  4. adjective
    deviating widely from an intended course
    synonyms: wild
    uncontrolled
    not being under control; out of control
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