Voluntary meaning

vŏlən-tĕrē
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The definition of voluntary is done by free choice.

An example of voluntary used as an adjective is a voluntary assignment which means that students can do it if they want, but they don't have to.

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Done or undertaken of one's own free will.

A voluntary decision to leave the job.

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Acting or done willingly and without constraint or expectation of reward.

A voluntary hostage; voluntary community work.

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Supported by contributions or charitable donations rather than by government appropriations.

Voluntary hospitals.

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Brought about by one's own free choice; given or done of one's own free will; freely chosen or undertaken.
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Intentional; not accidental.

Voluntary manslaughter.

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Working or done without payment.
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Of or relating to voluntaryism.

A voluntary church, in distinction from an established or state church.

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A volunteer.
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Done, given, or acting of one's own free will.
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Capable of making choices; having the faculty of will.
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Acting in a specified capacity willingly or of one's own accord.
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Controlled by one's mind or will.

Voluntary muscles.

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Arising in the mind without external constraint; spontaneous.
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(music) A piece or solo, often an improvisation, played on the organ before, during, or after a church service.
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(obsolete) Voluntarily.
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Normally controlled by or subject to individual volition.

Voluntary muscle contractions.

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Done by design or intention; intentional.

If a man accidentally kills another by lopping a tree, it is not voluntary manslaughter.

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Endowed with the power of willing.
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(music) A short piece of music, often having improvisation, played on a solo instrument.
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Having free will or the power of free choice.

Man is a voluntary agent.

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Origin of voluntary

  • Middle English from Latin voluntārius from voluntās choice from velle vol- to wish wel-1 in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle English *voluntarie, from Old French volontaire, from Latin voluntarius (“willing, of free will"), from voluntas (“will, choice, desire"), from volens, present participle of velle (“to will").

    From Wiktionary