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freewill

[free-wil] /ˈfriˈwɪl/
adjective
1.
made or done freely or of one's own accord; voluntary:
a freewill contribution to a political fund.
2.
of or relating to the metaphysical doctrine of the freedom of the will:
the freewill controversy.
Origin of freewill
1525-1535
First recorded in 1525-35; free + will2
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  • We can ignore here the metaphysical question of freewill and determinism.

  • It was considered a gratuitous interference with a person's freewill.

    The Shellback's Progress Walter Runciman
  • She had never taken a dose of medicine in her life, and never would, of her own freewill.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • There is no God and no soul, because freewill is sufficient to account for everything.

  • Why should there be no God and no soul because there is (if there is) freewill?

  • A man can only achieve strength of purpose by the action of his own freewill.

    Character Samuel Smiles
  • And they brought yet unto him freewill offerings every morning.

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
  • They are opposed as are freewill and destination, as are God and Law.

    The Hearts of Men H. Fielding
  • But what interest have we in Contemplation, freewill and the rest, apart from what they say?

  • There is a vast deal talked in the present day about freewill.

    If Only etc. Francis Clement Philips and Augustus Harris

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