[ voh-lish-uhn, vuh- ]
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  1. the act of willing, choosing, or resolving; exercise of willing: She left of her own volition.

  2. a choice or decision made by the will.

  1. the power of willing; will.

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

synonym study For volition

1. See will2.

Other words for volition

Other words from volition

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for volition


/ (vəˈlɪʃən) /

  1. the act of exercising the will: of one's own volition

  2. the faculty or capability of conscious choice, decision, and intention; the will

  1. the resulting choice or resolution

  2. philosophy an act of will as distinguished from the physical movement it intends to bring about

Origin of volition

C17: from Medieval Latin volitiō, from Latin vol- as in volō I will, present stem of velle to wish

Derived forms of volition

  • volitional or volitionary, adjective
  • volitionally, adverb

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