[ voh-lish-uhn, vuh- ]
/ voʊˈlɪʃ ən, və- /
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
vo·li·tion·al, vo·li·tion·ar·y [voh-lish-uh-ner-ee] /voʊˈlɪʃ əˌnɛr i/, adjectivevo·li·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·vo·li·tion, nounnon·vo·li·tion·al, adjective
pre·vo·li·tion·al, adjectivesu·per·vo·li·tion, nounun·vo·li·tion·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for volitionary
/ (vəˈlɪʃən) /
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 Formsvolitional 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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Word Origin and History for volitionary
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.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Medicine definitions for volitionary
[ və-lĭsh′ən ]
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 formsvo•li′tion•al adj.
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