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[vol-uh n-ter-ee-iz-uh m] /ˈvɒl ənˌtɛr iˌɪz əm/
voluntarism (def 2).
Origin of voluntaryism
First recorded in 1825-35; voluntary + -ism
Related forms
voluntaryist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for voluntaryism
Historical Examples
  • This movement, it must be remembered, had small sympathy with the voluntaryism of dissent.

    Bonnie Scotland A.R. Hope Moncrieff
  • It is not a beautiful chapter in the history of voluntaryism.

    Christmas Evans Paxton Hood
  • Besides, Mr. Hinton has written pamphlets in favour of voluntaryism in religion and education, and published sermons innumerable.

    The London Pulpit J. Ewing Ritchie
  • Here most distorted views were held of the voluntaryism which most of its ministers and members professed.

    Principal Cairns John Cairns
  • On grounds such as these, we repeat, voluntaryism and the Establishment principle may meet and agree.

  • voluntaryism in its most absolute form, is the predominant principle of the denomination.

British Dictionary definitions for voluntaryism


/ˈvɒləntərɪˌɪzəm; -trɪ-/
the principle of supporting churches, schools, and various other institutions by voluntary contributions rather than with state funds
any system based on this principle
Derived Forms
voluntaryist, voluntarist, noun
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