- acting or done without compulsion or obligation.
- done by intention, and not by accident: voluntary manslaughter.
- made without valuable consideration: a voluntary settlement.
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How to use voluntary in a sentence
While the feature is entirely voluntary—the apps still work if users don’t add their numbers—many governments don’t ask, in an effort to make people feel more secure about privacy.Do digital contact tracing apps work? Here’s what you need to know.|Cat Ferguson|November 20, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Over 130 countries worldwide now use some form of gender quota law for their governments or voluntary political party quotas.The U.S. is too far behind the rest of the world when it comes to women in government|jakemeth|November 16, 2020|Fortune
The restriction marks a departure from the country’s previous guidelines that relied mainly on voluntary measures to stop transmission.Sweden imposes partial lockdown on bars and restaurants for the first time since pandemic started|Rachel King|November 11, 2020|Fortune
“There’s so much added risk with these systems,” said Maurice Turner, a senior adviser to the Election Assistance Commission, which sets federal voluntary standards for voting machines.U.S. says it’s prepared for cyber election threats. But weaknesses remain|Verne Kopytoff|November 2, 2020|Fortune
The Family Forest Impact Foundation will, in turn, sell credits for the additional carbon that builds up on the properties to companies like Amazon on voluntary offset markets.How Amazon’s offsets could exaggerate its progress toward “net zero” emissions|James Temple|November 2, 2020|MIT Technology Review
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'll only buzz during "coaching" sessions that users voluntarily try out to help them build a habit of good posture.
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
Very instructive here is the way in which children will voluntarily come and submit themselves to our discipline.Children's Ways|James Sully
A court might hold that the man who gave it to him was a fool for entrusting such a package voluntarily with him.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
Thousands insisted that he must have voluntarily surrendered, for how could he have been caught when he had the anting-anting?The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
"As I am necessarily in your confidence I will take you voluntarily into mine," he announced, in his clear high pipe.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
The very first obligation, voluntarily accepted by personally or socially discharging it, binds additionally to it.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham
British Dictionary definitions for voluntary
- acting or done without legal obligation, compulsion, or persuasion
- made without payment or recompense in any forma voluntary conveyance