- 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.
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Example sentences from the Web for voluntary
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 voluntary
- acting or done without legal obligation, compulsion, or persuasion
- made without payment or recompense in any forma voluntary conveyance