[ voh-lish-uhn, vuh- ]
/ voʊˈlɪʃ ən, və- /
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the act of willing, choosing, or resolving; exercise of willing: She left of her own volition.
a choice or decision made by the will.
the power of willing; will.



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Origin of volition

First recorded in 1605–15; from Medieval Latin volitiōn- (stem of volitiō ), equivalent to vol- (variant stem of velle “to want, wish”; see will1) + -itiōn--ition
1. See will2.
vo·li·tion·al;, vo·li·tion·ar·y [voh-lish-uh-ner-ee], /voʊˈlɪʃ əˌnɛr i/, adjectivenon·vo·li·tion, nounsu·per·vo·li·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for volition

/ (vəˈlɪʃən) /


the act of exercising the willof one's own volition
the faculty or capability of conscious choice, decision, and intention; the will
the resulting choice or resolution
philosophy an act of will as distinguished from the physical movement it intends to bring about
volitional or volitionary, adjectivevolitionally, adverb
C17: from Medieval Latin volitiō, from Latin vol- as in volō I will, present stem of velle to wish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for volition

[ və-lĭshən ]


The act or an instance of making a conscious choice or decision.
A conscious choice or decision.
The power or faculty of choosing; the will.
vo•lition•al adj.
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