[ voh-lish-uh-nl, vuh- ]
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  1. done of one’s own will or choosing; deliberately decided or chosen: Researchers must make a reasonable effort to obtain the express and volitional assent of their research subjects.

  2. under conscious control: The most hopeful new development is that scientists have used artificial nerve connections to restore some volitional movement for a subject's paralyzed arm.

Origin of volitional

  • Rarely vo·li·tion·ar·y [voh-lish-uh-ner-ee] /voʊˈlɪʃ əˌnɛr i/ .

Other words from volitional

  • vo·li·tion·al·ly, adverb
  • non·vo·li·tion·al, adjective
  • pre·vo·li·tion·al, adjective
  • un·vo·li·tion·al, adjective

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How to use volitional in a sentence

  • The volitional character of such an act is therefore manifest.

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