- 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 voluntariness
Historical Examples of voluntariness
And this freedom cannot be merely the freedom of simple spontaneity or voluntariness.Theoretical Ethics
The voluntariness of this street watering constitutes its witchery.East of Paris
A great deal often depends, and in such a case as this, everything depends, on the Voluntariness of the ornament.The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)
If the slave were willing to be a slave, his voluntariness, so far from lessening the guilt of the "owner," aggravates it.
We argue the voluntariness of servants from their peculiar opportunities and facilities for escape.
- 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.).