- acting or done without compulsion or obligation.
- done by intention, and not by accident: voluntary manslaughter.
- made without valuable consideration: a voluntary settlement.
noun, plural vol·un·tar·ies.
Origin of voluntary
Examples from the Web for voluntarily
These young adults have voluntarily checked out of a political system they consider corrupt and dysfunctional.
Unlike Brada Mendez, Earle, who had a violent past, was not attending A.A. voluntarily.Elizabeth Peña and the Truth About Alcoholic Women|Gabrielle Glaser|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours.Adrian Peterson’s ‘Whooping’ and Ray Rice’s Knockout Are Both Domestic Violence|Robert Silverman|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It's persecuting the male students and allowing females to escape scrutiny for voluntarily ingesting alcohol, as well.Is UMass-Amherst Biased Against Male Students in Title IX Assault Cases?|Emily Shire|August 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Essentially, some workers are expected to voluntarily dial back their hours, government researchers predict.
A rate may also be considered remunerative to a road if other lines similarly situated have voluntarily adopted it.The Railroad Question|William Larrabee
From what I see and hear, the conviction is forced upon me that there will be no lead given by men like Trumbull voluntarily.The Life of Lyman Trumbull|Horace White
When mature, nearly an inch in length, they voluntarily leave their host, drop to the ground and complete their development.Handbook of Medical Entomology|William Albert Riley
This province was rendered obedient to your Majesty without bloodshed and voluntarily, by means of the fathers.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898|E. H. Blair
Voluntarily to continue a punishment was something with which they were unacquainted.Polly of the Hospital Staff|Emma C. Dowd
British Dictionary definitions for voluntarily
- acting or done without legal obligation, compulsion, or persuasion
- made without payment or recompense in any forma voluntary conveyance
noun plural -taries
Word Origin for voluntary
Word Origin and History for voluntarily
late 14c. (implied in voluntarily), from Latin voluntarius "of one's free will," from voluntas "will," from the ancient accusative singular present participle of velle "to wish" (see will (v.)). Originally of feelings, later also of actions (mid-15c.).