volition

[ voh-lish-uhn, vuh- ]
/ voʊˈlɪʃ ən, və- /

noun

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

synonym study for volition

1. See will2.

OTHER WORDS FROM volition

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

volition
/ (vəˈlɪʃən) /

noun

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

Derived forms of volition

volitional or volitionary, adjectivevolitionally, adverb

Word Origin for volition

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

volition
[ və-lĭshən ]

n.

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.

Other words from volition

vo•lition•al adj.
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