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Definition of Involuntary


  1. Not having will or the power of choice.
  2. Not under the influence or control of the will; not voluntary; as, the involuntary movements of the body; involuntary muscle fibers.
  3. Not proceeding from choice; done unwillingly; reluctant; compulsory; as, involuntary submission.

Involuntary Quotations

Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate.
W. H. Auden

I later spent... five to eight months in hospitals in New Jersey, always on an involuntary basis, and always attempting a legal argument for release.
John Forbes Nash, Jr.

The theatre is the involuntary reflex of the ideas of the crowd.
Sarah Bernhardt

I've said it before - and I'll say it again: it always seems to me that we come to know our same-sex parents through the bodily and the involuntary; through a kind of fossicking of our own physical strata. As we come to resemble our fathers, so we re-encounter the individual who reared us.
Will Self

I think one thing is that prayer has become more useful, interesting, fruitful, and... almost involuntary in my life.
Mary Oliver
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Involuntary Translations

involuntary in German is unfreiwillig
involuntary in Norwegian is ufrivillig
involuntary in Spanish is involuntario
involuntary in Swedish is ofrivillig
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