- 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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Examples from the Web for volitional
His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.This Week’s Hot Reads: May 20, 2013
Cameron Martin, Jessica Ferri, Jimmy So
May 20, 2013
Some of our acts were reflex, some were chiefly instinctive, and some were volitional.The Mind and Its Education
George Herbert Betts
But there are, of course, also the two ways of volitional vision.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
They do the things in which they have a volitional interest.
The study of volitional traits and of temperament is still in its infancy.
A tentative scale for measurement of the volitional pattern.
- 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
Word Origin and History for 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.)).
- 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.