[ at-wil ]

  1. being, relating to, or involved in a work agreement that the employer or employee may legally end at any time without notice or cause: Companies in this industry often use both contract and at-will employment options.Since they aren't at-will employees, they can only be discharged with cause.Even in at-will states, employers cannot fire you for discriminatory reasons.

Origin of at-will

First recorded in 1880–85

Words Nearby at-will Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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Other Idioms and Phrases with at-will


Freely, as one pleases, as in The grounds are open to the public and one can wander about at will, or With this thermostat you can adjust the room temperature at will. [1300s]

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