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She knows the grandmother roles are coming—and here she does the universal eye-rolling thing that’s pretty much involuntary among most women over 50, actor or not, when the subject of aging comes up.

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Under the law, neither a mental illness nor involuntary psychiatric commitment renders a person incapable of making decisions.

The state draws us into an intimate, involuntary relationship, and we’re never fully at ease.

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Later, McBroom swayed and rocked through the songs and prayers of the service, the involuntary movements of unimaginable loss.

There was a test of voluntary strength, but they also used magnetic stimulation of the brain and electric stimulation of the nerves to elicit involuntary muscle contractions, in order to tease out exactly where strength was lost.

I lived somewhere in the middle of the food chain—an involuntary humility, which remains the emotional posture behind reason.

Eye movements tracked in this test are involuntary, so they constitute a sound physiological marker of ADHD.

And so, in the end, he accepts a plea bargain: involuntary manslaughter, three years in prison.

His face was toward me now, and with a perfectly involuntary movement I bent to see it.

His indifference to the gossip has always struck me not as a decision so much as an involuntary and organic reaction.

How would the involuntary accusation have been embittered, had he known that the Empress drew the same conclusion!

The nick-name of Gigonnet was applied to Bidault on account of a feverish, involuntary contraction of a leg muscle.

Her voice defied, almost repelled him; but her face turned to him with its involuntary surrender.

The act was involuntary, for at once dropping his arm he ordered his men to extinguish the fire and to see I did not escape.

There the lion is placed, the involuntary symbol of the supreme heroism of the Imperial Guard.


On this page you'll find 65 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to involuntary, such as: compulsory, forced, spontaneous, uncontrolled, unintentional, and automatic.

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