[vol-uh n-ter-ee-iz-uh m]


Origin of voluntaryism

First recorded in 1825–35; voluntary + -ism
Related formsvol·un·tar·y·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for voluntaryism

Historical Examples of voluntaryism

  • This movement, it must be remembered, had small sympathy with the Voluntaryism of dissent.

    Bonnie Scotland

    A.R. Hope Moncrieff

  • It is not a beautiful chapter in the history of voluntaryism.

    Christmas Evans

    Paxton Hood

  • Besides, Mr. Hinton has written pamphlets in favour of Voluntaryism in religion and education, and published sermons innumerable.

    The London Pulpit

    J. Ewing Ritchie

  • Here most distorted views were held of the Voluntaryism which most of its ministers and members professed.

    Principal Cairns

    John Cairns

  • On grounds such as these, we repeat, Voluntaryism and the Establishment principle may meet and agree.

British Dictionary definitions for voluntaryism




the principle of supporting churches, schools, and various other institutions by voluntary contributions rather than with state funds
any system based on this principle
Derived Formsvoluntaryist or voluntarist, noun
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