[voh-lish-uh n, vuh-]
- 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
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1. discretion, choice. See will2.
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- 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
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
- 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.
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