Free Will Definition

Freedom of decision or of choice between alternatives.
Webster's New World
The power of making choices that are neither determined by natural causality nor predestined by fate or divine will.
American Heritage
The freedom of the will to choose a course of action without external coercion but in accordance with the ideals or moral outlook of the individual.
Webster's New World
The doctrine that people have such freedom.
Webster's New World

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


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