- 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 voluntary
Contemporary Examples of voluntary
Our world is in so many ways more based on voluntary exchange than ever before.Relax—Both Parties Are Going Extinct
November 4, 2014
The Non-GMO Project, on the other hand, provides a voluntary way for manufacturers to declare themselves GMO free.Whole Foods' Anti-GMO Swindle
September 15, 2014
Certification is voluntary only insofar as work as a physician is voluntary.Rand Paul and the Certification Racket
August 11, 2014
UNRWA is funded by voluntary contributions, but Arab and predominantly Islamic nations are rarely among the top donors.War of Words Between Israel and UN Continues
August 10, 2014
White had been convicted of voluntary manslaughter, the lightest possible sentence for his crime.Castro Street’s Hot Cop Is the Batman to Sexy Mug Shot Guy’s Joker
July 9, 2014
Historical Examples of voluntary
For what is meant by liberty, when applied to voluntary actions?
In so far as actions are voluntary, the doctrine is self-evident.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
A sick bed's a hard place for one who has no kind and voluntary attention.The Elm Tree Tales
F. Irene Burge Smith
Some actions are intermediate between the voluntary and involuntary.
Homicides may be divided into voluntary and involuntary: and first of involuntary homicide.
- 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.).