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.
- vo·li·tion·al;, vo·li·tion·ar·y [voh-lish-uh-ner-ee], /voʊˈlɪʃ əˌnɛr i/, adjective
- non·vo·li·tion, noun
- su·per·vo·li·tion, noun
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How to use volition in a sentence
Read more reviews by Stephanie ZacharekThat’s a horrible reminder of Lulu’s past life, but a key truth entwined in it is that dogs don’t go to war of their own volition.
If you spot one in your yard, the best option is to let it trundle away of its own volition.How to not get pricked by a North American porcupine | Natalie Wallington | September 17, 2021 | Popular-Science
Before he was in his teens, on his own volition he had introduced himself to many great artists — Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Dizzy Gillespie among them — who were astonished by the young man’s precocious authority.Phil Schaap, jazz scholar, historian and broadcaster, dies at 70 | Tim Page | September 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Whether you’re in the category of people who die tomorrow or live another 40 years, to some extent that’s not under your control or volition.
Today, as the marketing options are getting narrower based on the disproportionate number of ads run online, learning webinars and online classes are where people go out of their own volition.Inbound marketing for brand awareness: Four up-to-date ways to do it | Ali Faagba | September 11, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
When would those states have integrated of their own volition, because it was the right thing to do?
So women, you see, are not human beings with agency and volition about their sexuality in Huckabee Land.
No, she said, she had come to pray at the Kotel of her own volition, no one put her up to it.Talking to Women of the Wall's Ultra-Orthodox Teenage Protesters | Elisheva Goldberg | November 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Normally, dogs and cats and humans seem to be guided by some kind of volition – but of course that may be flattering ourselves.
But then you have the women who go into the trade of their volition.
The moment that we introduce the operation of human volition and activity, that, too, becomes one of the factors of "survival."The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
The only genuine act of volition is that in which all the obscure forces of our nature take part.Marguerite | Anatole France
He ran not of his own conscious volition; he was killed while bravely advancing; he died while retreating.The Relief of Mafeking | Filson Young
In so far as Pike protracted this exploration of his own volition, it forms Pt.The Expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike, Volume I (of 3) | Elliott Coues
Should we not say that actions are subject to Necessity, whilst the preliminary volition and reasoning are independent?Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 | Plotinos (Plotinus)
British Dictionary definitions for volition
the act of exercising the will: of 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, adjective
- volitionally, adverb
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