- 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.
Origin of volition
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Related Wordsdesire, accord, selection, option, willingness, wish, preference, choice, will, determination, election, discretion, resolution, purpose, choosing, conation
Examples from the Web for volition
When would those states have integrated of their own volition, because it was the right thing to do?The Roots of the GOP’s Race Problem
May 22, 2014
So women, you see, are not human beings with agency and volition about their sexuality in Huckabee Land.Why Women Do Not Love Mike Huckabee
January 24, 2014
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
November 6, 2013
Normally, dogs and cats and humans seem to be guided by some kind of volition – but of course that may be flattering ourselves.Roadrunner, Caught at Last
July 11, 2013
But then you have the women who go into the trade of their volition.A History of Sex in London: City of Lust?
July 26, 2012
It seemed to have a vast inorganic life of its own, a volition and a whim.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Volition is surely an act of the mind, with which we are sufficiently acquainted.
She opened the outer door, and Mattie had no volition but to go.Tiverton Tales
Miss Georgie did not often send that last word of her own volition.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
They talk about having faith, as if it could be done by an act of volition.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
- 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
Word Origin and History for volition
1610s, from French volition (16c.), from Medieval Latin volitionem (nominative volitio) "will, volition," from Latin stem (as in volo "I wish") of velle "to wish," from PIE *wel-/*wol- "be pleasing" (see will (v.)).
- 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.