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.
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.
- Rarely vo·li·tion·ar·y [voh-lish-uh-ner-ee] /voʊˈlɪʃ əˌnɛr i/ .
- 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
His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
But while the imitation is at first simply automatic, it becomes more and more volitional.Introduction to the Science of Sociology | Robert E. Park
Our feelings and emotions are the fountains from which nearly all our volitional actions flow.The Science of Human Nature | William Henry Pyle
The volitional aspect of consciousness also is to some extent explicitly provided for in language.Language | Edward Sapir
Try to ascend a single flight of stairs, performing each elementary movement by a distinct volitional impulse.The Psychology of Singing | David C. Taylor
The volitional character of such an act is therefore manifest.Parallel Paths | Thomas William Rolleston