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As the title shows, can anyone tell me what is the word for strength of will?

For example,

Her strength of will was extraordinary.

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closed as not constructive by FumbleFingers, tchrist, MετάEd, Andrew Leach, Jason Bourne Jan 15 '13 at 2:54

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I think this is Not Constructive. There are any number of terms available, and even with a lot more context, I doubt it would ever be possible to identify a single "correct" answer. – FumbleFingers Jan 14 '13 at 2:22
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Some other options:

Her resolve was extraordinary.

Her iron will was extraordinary.

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+1 for resolve. – Jim Jan 14 '13 at 5:30
Iron will is pleasing to hear. – Mistu4u Jan 14 '13 at 6:12

Willpower (“The unwavering strength of will to carry out one’s wishes”) is suitable. Also consider fortitude (“Mental or emotional strength that enables courage in the face of adversity”).

Terms with slightly-less-positive slants include bloody-mindedness (obstinacy or stubbornness or doggedness). The latter has synonyms that include persistence; perseverance; tenacity; stubbornness.

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Synonyms for Strength of will:

aplomb, composure, force of will, mind, poise, possession, self-command, self-control, self-possession, self-will, will, willpower, will power

Also (will power):
perseverance, self-command, self-possession, firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolve, firmness, resolution, nerves, drive, determination, grit, self-discipline, single-mindedness, fixity of purpose.

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Perhaps Stoicism (A real or pretended indifference to pleasure or pain; insensibility; impassiveness)? Perhaps too negative though?

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Wikipedia says that in modern usage, “The word "stoic" commonly refers to someone indifferent to pain, pleasure, grief, or joy. The modern usage [is] "person who represses feelings or endures patiently"...” In short, it doesn't denote (and often doesn't connote) strength of will. Novels and movies are full of stoic villains who ultimately are craven. – jwpat7 Jan 14 '13 at 2:20
I agree, but without further context regarding the intended connotation, I think 'stoicism' is still a valid suggestion. – Kyudos Jan 14 '13 at 2:24

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