- free and independent choice; voluntary decision: You took on the responsibility of your own free will.
- Philosophy. the doctrine that the conduct of human beings expresses personal choice and is not simply determined by physical or divine forces.
Related Words for free willassent, choice, consent, desire, determination, discretion, freedom, inclination, intention, mind, option, pleasure, power, volition, willingness, wish, conation, velleity
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What is the use of the theoretical belief in free-will in this case?The Sexual Question
There is a similar confusion about necessity and free-will, and about the state of the soul after death.Timaeus
Apart from sins and virtues she perceives two things—caprice and free-will.The Prodigal Returns
The human doctrine of free-will, and of our own ability, is futile.
I have, of my own free-will, cast in my lot with your people.At Aboukir and Acre
George Alfred Henty
- the apparent human ability to make choices that are not externally determined
- the doctrine that such human freedom of choice is not illusoryCompare determinism (def. 1)
- (as modifier)a free-will decision
- the ability to make a choice without coercionhe left of his own free will: I did not influence him
The ability to choose, think, and act voluntarily. For many philosophers, to believe in free will is to believe that human beings can be the authors of their own actions and to reject the idea that human actions are determined by external conditions or fate. (See determinism, fatalism, and predestination.)