freewill

[ free-wil ]
/ ˈfriˈwɪl /

adjective

made or done freely or of one's own accord; voluntary: a freewill contribution to a political fund.
of or relating to the metaphysical doctrine of the freedom of the will: the freewill controversy.

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Origin of freewill

First recorded in 1525–35; free + will2

Definition for freewill (2 of 2)

free will

noun

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for freewill

free will

noun

  1. the apparent human ability to make choices that are not externally determined
  2. the doctrine that such human freedom of choice is not illusoryCompare determinism (def. 1)
  3. (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
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Cultural definitions for freewill

free will

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.)

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