volition


vo·li·tion

noun \vō-ˈli-shən, və-\

: the power to make your own choices or decisions

Full Definition of VOLITION

1
:  an act of making a choice or decision; also :  a choice or decision made
2
:  the power of choosing or determining :  will
vo·li·tion·al \-ˈlish-nəl, -ˈli-shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of VOLITION

  1. <Tourette's syndrome is a neurological disorder marked by recurrent tics and vocalizations that are beyond the sufferer's volition or control.>
  2. <left the church of her own volition, not because she was excommunicated>

Origin of VOLITION

French, from Medieval Latin volition-, volitio, from Latin vol- (stem of velle to will, wish) + -ition-, -itio (as in Latin position-, positio position) — more at will
First Known Use: 1615

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vo·li·tion

noun \vō-ˈlish-ən, və-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VOLITION

1
: an act of making a choice or decision; also : a choice or decision made
2
: the power of choosing or determining

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