voluntary

[ vol-uhn-ter-ee ]SEE DEFINITION OF voluntary
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For what is meant by liberty, when applied to voluntary actions?

In so far as actions are voluntary, the doctrine is self-evident.

A sick bed's a hard place for one who has no kind and voluntary attention.

Homicides may be divided into voluntary and involuntary: and first of involuntary homicide.

Now the voluntary cannot be the involuntary; and if you two come to me and say, 'Then shall we legislate for our city?'

Some actions are intermediate between the voluntary and involuntary.

Jeter wondered whether their adherence to Sitsumi were voluntary or forced.

Hugh saw her out; the church was now empty, and the voluntary was done.

Next Sunday, in the midst of a voluntary, the organ stopped all at once.

City after city was taken, some by force and some by voluntary surrender.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c. (implied in voluntarily), from Latin voluntarius "of one's free will," from voluntas "will," from the ancient accusative singular present participle of velle "to wish" (see will (v.)). Originally of feelings, later also of actions (mid-15c.).

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