- 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
Synonyms for voluntary
Examples from the Web for voluntarily
Contemporary Examples of voluntarily
These young adults have voluntarily checked out of a political system they consider corrupt and dysfunctional.When Will We See a #Millennial Congress?
December 26, 2014
Unlike Brada Mendez, Earle, who had a violent past, was not attending A.A. voluntarily.Elizabeth Peña and the Truth About Alcoholic Women
October 24, 2014
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
September 13, 2014
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?
August 18, 2014
Essentially, some workers are expected to voluntarily dial back their hours, government researchers predict.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows, April 13
April 13, 2014
Historical Examples of voluntarily
On the contrary, he wanted to know just what Mr Verloc would be disposed to say voluntarily.The Secret Agent
Voluntarily, then, he had stepped from the ranks of the hunters to those of the hunted.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
But why should she voluntarily lay-to in the very sight of her quarry?The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Deliberately, voluntarily, she kissed him fair upon the lips.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
I have not voluntarily been guilty of any desecration of holy Names.'The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- 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
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.).