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1voluntary

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

: done or given because you want to and not because you are forced to : done or given by choice

: provided or supported by people who do work without being paid

: doing work without being paid

Full Definition of VOLUNTARY

1
:  proceeding from the will or from one's own choice or consent
2
:  unconstrained by interference :  self-determining
3
:  done by design or intention :  intentional <voluntary manslaughter>
4
:  of, relating to, subject to, or regulated by the will <voluntary behavior>
5
:  having power of free choice
6
:  provided or supported by voluntary action
7
:  acting or done of one's own free will without valuable consideration or legal obligation
vol·un·tar·i·ly adverb
vol·un·tar·i·ness noun

Examples of VOLUNTARY

  1. Participation in the program is completely voluntary.
  2. He was charged with voluntary manslaughter.
  3. the voluntary muscles that control urination

Origin of VOLUNTARY

Middle English, from Anglo-French voluntarie, from Latin voluntarius, from voluntas will, from velle to will, wish — more at will
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of VOLUNTARY

voluntary, intentional, deliberate, willing mean done or brought about of one's own will. voluntary implies freedom and spontaneity of choice or action without external compulsion <a voluntary confession>. intentional stresses an awareness of an end to be achieved <the intentional concealment of vital information>. deliberate implies full consciousness of the nature of one's act and its consequences <deliberate acts of sabotage>. willing implies a readiness and eagerness to accede to or anticipate the wishes of another <willing obedience>.

2voluntary

noun
plural voluntar·ies

Definition of VOLUNTARY

1
a :  a prefatory often extemporized musical piece
b :  an improvisatory organ piece played before, during, or after a religious service
2
:  one who participates voluntarily

First Known Use of VOLUNTARY

1598
VOLUNTARY Defined for Kids

voluntary

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

Definition of VOLUNTARY for Kids

1
:  done, given, or acting of free choice <a voluntary confession> <a voluntary participant>
2
:  done or acting with no expectation of payment <a voluntary job>
3
:  relating to or controlled by the will <voluntary muscle movements>
vol·un·tar·i·ly \ˌvä-lən-ˈter-ə-lē\ adverb <participate voluntarily>

Synonym Discussion of VOLUNTARY

voluntary, intentional, and deliberate mean done or brought about by choice. voluntary is used of an act that results from freedom of will. <Joining the club is voluntary.> It can also be used of an act that is controlled by the will. <Blinking the eyes can be a voluntary movement.> intentional is used of something that is done for a reason and only after some thought. <Her neglect of the task was intentional.> deliberate is used of an act that is done purposefully and with full understanding of the likely results. <It was a deliberate insult.>
Medical Dictionary

voluntary

adjective vol·un·tary \ˈväl-ən-ˌter-ē\

Medical Definition of VOLUNTARY

1
:  proceeding from the will or from one's own choice or consent
2
:  of, relating to, subject to, or regulated by the will <voluntary behavior>
vol·un·tari·ly adverb
July 06, 2015
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