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Voluntary meaning

voluntary - 13 dictionary results

  1. 1. ( military) a person who freely enlists for service
  2. 2. controlled by individual volition; " voluntary motions"; " voluntary muscles"
  3. 3. Proceeding from the will; produced in or by an act of choice.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. Endowed with the power of willing; as, man is a voluntary agent.
  8. 8. Free; without compulsion; according to the will, consent, or agreement, of a party; without consideration; gratuitous; without valuable consideration.
  9. 9. One who engages in any affair of his own free will; a volunteer.
  10. 10. A piece played by a musician, often extemporarily, according to his fancy; specifically, an organ solo played before, during, or after divine service.
  11. 11. One who advocates voluntaryism.
  12. 12. Acting by choice; proceeding from the will; willing; free.
  13. 13. Piece of music played at will.

voluntary - examples of usage

  1. The final settlement must take the form of a voluntary bargain directly between the employers and employed, which will only have compulsory effect during the week or fortnight for which workmen usually enter into a legal agreement. - "Political economy", W. Stanley Jevons.
  2. A strike is only proper and legal as long as it is entirely voluntary on the part of all concerned in refusing to work. - "Political economy", W. Stanley Jevons.
  3. " It is not a voluntary thing, led up to by pre- determination. - "To-morrow?", Victoria Cross.
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