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involuntary

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adjective in·vol·un·tary \(ˌ)in-ˈvä-lən-ˌter-ē, -ˌte-rē\

Simple Definition of involuntary

  • : not done or made consciously

  • : not done by choice

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of involuntary

  1. 1 :  done contrary to or without choice

  2. 2 :  compulsory

  3. 3 :  not subject to control of the will :  reflex

involuntarily

play \-ˌvä-lən-ˈter-ə-lē, -ˈte-rə-\ adverb

involuntariness

play \-ˈvä-lən-ˌter-ē-nəs, -ˌte-rē-\ noun

Examples of involuntary in a sentence

  1. Breathing and circulation are involuntary processes.

  2. When the door burst open, she let out an involuntary shriek.

  3. The lawyer argued that the client's confession was involuntary.



Origin and Etymology of involuntary

Middle English involuntari, from Late Latin involuntarius, from Latin in- + voluntarius voluntary


First Known Use: 15th century


INVOLUNTARY Defined for Kids

involuntary

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adjective in·vol·un·tary \in-ˈvä-lən-ˌter-ē\

Definition of involuntary for Students

  1. 1 :  not done consciously <an involuntary whimper>

  2. 2 :  not done by choice <involuntary labor>

involuntarily

\ˌin-ˌvä-lən-ˈter-ə-lē\ adverb



Medical Dictionary

involuntary

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adjective in·vol·un·tary \(ˈ)in-ˈväl-ən-ˌter-ē\

Medical Definition of involuntary

  1. :  not subject to control of the will :  reflex <involuntary contractions>




Law Dictionary

involuntary

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adjective in·vol·un·tary \in-ˈvä-lən-ˌter-ē\

Legal Definition of involuntary

  1. :  done, made, or initiated contrary to or without one's choice <an involuntary confession> <an involuntary lien> <an involuntary plaintiff joined in the action>

involuntarily

adverb




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