- done, made, brought about, undertaken, etc., of one's own accord or by free choice: a voluntary contribution.
- of, relating to, or acting in accord with the will: voluntary cooperation.
- of, relating to, or depending on voluntary action: voluntary hospitals.
- acting or done without compulsion or obligation.
- done by intention, and not by accident: voluntary manslaughter.
- made without valuable consideration: a voluntary settlement.
- Physiology. subject to or controlled by the will.
- having the power of willing or choosing: a voluntary agent.
- proceeding from a natural impulse; spontaneous: voluntary laughter.
- something done voluntarily.
- a piece of music, frequently spontaneous and improvised, performed as a prelude to a larger work, especially a piece of organ music performed before, during, or after an office of the church.
Origin of voluntary
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Examples from the Web for 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
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
- performed, undertaken, or brought about by free choice, willingly, or without being askeda voluntary donation
- (of persons) serving or acting in a specified function of one's own accord and without compulsion or promise of remunerationa voluntary social worker
- done by, composed of, or functioning with the aid of volunteersa voluntary association
- endowed with, exercising, or having the faculty of willinga voluntary agent
- arising from natural impulse; spontaneousvoluntary laughter
- acting or done without legal obligation, compulsion, or persuasion
- made without payment or recompense in any forma voluntary conveyance
- (of the muscles of the limbs, neck, etc) having their action controlled by the will
- maintained or provided by the voluntary actions or contributions of individuals and not by the statevoluntary schools; the voluntary system
- music a composition or improvisation, usually for organ, played at the beginning or end of a church service
- work done without compulsion
- obsolete a volunteer, esp in an army
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.).
- Arising from or acting on one's own free will.
- Normally controlled by or subject to individual volition, as of respiration.
- Capable of making choices; having the faculty of will.