- 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.
- volumetric solution,
- voluntary abortion,
- voluntary aid detachment,
- voluntary arrangement,
- voluntary association,
- voluntary muscle
Origin of voluntary
Examples from the Web for voluntary
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
- 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.).