[voh-lish-uh n, vuh-]
- the act of willing, choosing, or resolving; exercise of willing: She left of her own volition.
- a choice or decision made by the will.
- the power of willing; will.
Origin of volition
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1. discretion, choice. See will2.
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- the act of exercising the willof one's own volition
- the faculty or capability of conscious choice, decision, and intention; the will
- the resulting choice or resolution
- philosophy an act of will as distinguished from the physical movement it intends to bring about
C17: from Medieval Latin volitiō, from Latin vol- as in volō I will, present stem of velle to wish
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Word Origin and History for non-volitional
1610s, from French volition (16c.), from Medieval Latin volitionem (nominative volitio) "will, volition," from Latin stem (as in volo "I wish") of velle "to wish," from PIE *wel-/*wol- "be pleasing" (see will (v.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The act or an instance of making a conscious choice or decision.
- A conscious choice or decision.
- The power or faculty of choosing; the will.
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