- 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.
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With the country in the midst of a pandemic, policy makers and public health experts have proposed voluntary mail-in voting as one way for Americans to safely vote in November.Mandatory mail-in voting hurts neither Democratic nor Republican candidates|Sujata Gupta|August 26, 2020|Science News
Another 12,500 employees have retired and 11,000 are taking a voluntary leave of absence for the month of October—meaning that American expects to cut a total of 40,000 employees from a workforce that numbered 140,000 at the start of the pandemic.American Airlines announces plan to cut 19,000 jobs—unless Congress extends pandemic aid|Maria Aspan|August 25, 2020|Fortune
“They’re looking under the couch cushions for every megawatt hour in the West but aren’t willing to pay for someone’s voluntary action,” he says.Here’s how to keep California’s grid from buckling under the heat|James Temple|August 18, 2020|MIT Technology Review
This bill would require anyone who operates a contact tracing app to collaborate with public health officials, make app use voluntary and prevent commercial use of data collected by the apps.Readers ask about antibody tests, chimeras and public health and privacy|Science News Staff|July 26, 2020|Science News
Humans For Humanity is a non profit, voluntary organisation run by a 25 year old social worker, Anurag Chauhan who is working on a project called WASH – Women Sanitation Hygiene from 2015.Menstruation Comes With Innumerable Taboos In India|LGBTQ-Editor|May 29, 2020|No Straight News
Our world is in so many ways more based on voluntary exchange than ever before.
The Non-GMO Project, on the other hand, provides a voluntary way for manufacturers to declare themselves GMO free.
Certification is voluntary only insofar as work as a physician is voluntary.
Some people are asked to come to the police station for ‘voluntary’ drug tests.The Japanese Go All ‘Footloose’ to Protest Nightlife Crackdown|Jake Adelstein, Angela Erika Kubo|May 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He called the voluntary manslaughter case, in which he pleaded no contest after hitting a man with his car, a “tragic accident.”Fringe Factor: Convicted Killer, Registered Sex Offender Runs for California Governor|Caitlin Dickson|March 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Such mitigation of its influence as may be found is chiefly due to voluntary charitable agency.The Criminal|Havelock Ellis
Early in 1825, William Wilberforce's brilliant Parliamentary career came to an end by his own voluntary retirement.Private Papers of William Wilberforce|William Wilberforce
He also introduced a voluntary compliance program to procure open housing.Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965|Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.
Devil a thing, however, like an endowed church, and may God keep me and all my friends from the voluntary system!The Tithe-Proctor|William Carleton
In the camp towns we have also the Guest Houses, run by voluntary organizations of women.Women and War Work|Helen Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for voluntary
- acting or done without legal obligation, compulsion, or persuasion
- made without payment or recompense in any forma voluntary conveyance