[ vol-uhn-tuh-riz-uhm ]
/ ˈvɒl ən təˌrɪz əm /
Philosophy. any theory that regards will as the fundamental agency or principle, in metaphysics, epistemology, or psychology.
the principle or practice of supporting churches, schools, hospitals, etc., by voluntary contributions or aid instead of relying on government assistance.
any policy or practice based on voluntary action.
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OTHER WORDS FROM voluntarismvol·un·ta·rist, noun, adjectivevol·un·ta·ris·tic, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for voluntarism
But it is a type of pragmatism quite free from dependence upon a voluntaristic psychology.Essays in Experimental Logic|John Dewey
Experience has then no longer any meaning in a voluntaristic sense; it is merely a complex of elements.
British Dictionary definitions for voluntarism
/ (ˈvɒləntəˌrɪzəm) /
philosophy the theory that the will rather than the intellect is the ultimate principle of reality
a doctrine or system based on voluntary participation in a course of action
the belief that the state, government, and the law should not interfere with the procedures of collective bargaining and of trade union organization
another name for voluntaryism
Derived forms of voluntarismvoluntarist, noun, adjectivevoluntaristic, adjective
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