SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of volition 1605–15;
Medieval Latin volitiōn-
), equivalent to
(variant stem of
to want, wish; see
-itiōn- -ition Related forms vo·li·tion·al, vo·li·tion·ar·y , [voh- lish- uh-ner-ee] /voʊˈlɪʃ əˌnɛr i/ adjective vo·li·tion·al·ly, adverb non·vo·li·tion, noun non·vo·li·tion·al, adjective pre·vo·li·tion·al, adjective su·per·vo·li·tion, noun un·vo·li·tion·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for volitional Contemporary Examples of volitional Historical Examples of volitional British Dictionary definitions for volitional noun the act of exercising the will of 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, adjective volitionally, 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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Word Origin and History for volitional n.
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.)).
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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•li ′tion•al adj.
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