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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.

Voluntary Quotations

Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their their patriotism through their actions, by their choice.
Jesse Ventura

Of all the arguments against voluntary euthanasia, the most influential is the 'slippery slope': once we allow doctors to kill patients, we will not be able to limit the killing to those who want to die.
Peter Singer

The clan is nothing more than a larger family, with its patriarchal chief as the natural head, and the union of several clans by intermarriage and voluntary connection constitutes the tribe.
Charles Eastman

Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.
Jane Austen

The attempt to redefine the family as a purely voluntary arrangement grows out of the modern delusion that people can keep all their options open all the time.
Christopher Lasch
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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
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