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freewill

[free-wil]
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  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

First recorded in 1525–35; free + will2
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Examples from the Web for freewill

Historical Examples

  • We can ignore here the metaphysical question of freewill and determinism.

    Evolution in Modern Thought

    Ernst Haeckel

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

  • 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?