- acting or done without compulsion or obligation.
- done by intention, and not by accident: voluntary manslaughter.
- made without valuable consideration: a voluntary settlement.
noun, plural vol·un·tar·ies.
Origin of voluntary
Synonyms for voluntary
Examples from the Web for unvoluntarily
Historical Examples of unvoluntarily
In order to find out whether he were really drunk, the Major pinched himself so hard that he unvoluntarily uttered a cry.The Mantle and Other Stories
- acting or done without legal obligation, compulsion, or persuasion
- made without payment or recompense in any forma voluntary conveyance
noun plural -taries
Word Origin for voluntary
late 14c. (implied in voluntarily), from Latin voluntarius "of one's free will," from voluntas "will," from the ancient accusative singular present participle of velle "to wish" (see will (v.)). Originally of feelings, later also of actions (mid-15c.).