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

1605–15; < Medieval Latin volitiōn- (stem of volitiō), equivalent to vol- (variant stem of velle to want, wish; see will1) + -itiōn- -ition

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British Dictionary definitions for volitional

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

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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Medicine definitions for volitional

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.

Related forms

vo•lition•al adj.
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