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Definition of Voluntary


  1. Proceeding from the will; produced in or by an act of choice.
  2. Unconstrained by the interference of another; unimpelled by the influence of another; not prompted or persuaded by another; done of his or its own accord; spontaneous; acting of one's self, or of itself; free.
  3. Done by design or intention; intentional; purposed; intended; not accidental; as, if a man kills another by lopping a tree, it is not voluntary manslaughter.
  4. Of or pertaining to the will; subject to, or regulated by, the will; as, the voluntary motions of an animal, such as the movements of the leg or arm (in distinction from involuntary motions, such as the movements of the heart); the voluntary muscle fibers, which are the agents in voluntary motion.
  5. Endowed with the power of willing; as, man is a voluntary agent.
  6. Free; without compulsion; according to the will, consent, or agreement, of a party; without consideration; gratuitous; without valuable consideration.
  7. Of or pertaining to voluntaryism; as, a voluntary church, in distinction from an established or state church.
  8. One who engages in any affair of his own free will; a volunteer.
  9. A piece played by a musician, often extemporarily, according to his fancy; specifically, an organ solo played before, during, or after divine service.
  10. One who advocates voluntaryism.
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Voluntary Translations

voluntary in Dutch is vrijwillig
voluntary in German is freiwillig
voluntary in Italian is volontario
voluntary in Latin is voluntarius
voluntary in Spanish is voluntario
voluntary in Swedish is frivilligt