Free-will meaning

Freedom of decision or of choice between alternatives.
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The ability or discretion to choose; free choice.

Chose to remain behind of my own free will.

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The power of making choices that are neither determined by natural causality nor predestined by fate or divine will.
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A person's natural inclination; unforced choice.
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(philosophy) The ability to choose one's actions, or determine what reasons are acceptable motivation for actions, without predestination, fate etc.
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Origin of free-will

  • Middle English fre wil translation of Late Latin līberum arbitrium Latin līberum neuter of līber free Latin arbitrium will

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition