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voluntary

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of voluntary

  1. 1 done, made, or given with one's own free will <a voluntary contribution to the school's fund-raising drive> Synonyms freewill, self-imposed, uncoerced, unforced, volitional, volunteer, willing Related Words discretionary, elective, optional; impulsive, instinctive, spontaneous, unpremeditated; conscious, deliberate, intentional, knowing, willful (or wilful) Near Antonyms compulsory, enforced, mandatory, necessary, nonelective, obligatory, ordered, required Antonyms coerced, compelled, forced, involuntary, nonvoluntary, unwilled, will-less

  2. 2 subject to one's freedom of choice <participation in the resort's recreational activities is strictly voluntary> Synonyms discretionary, elective, optionalRelated Words alternate, alternative, chosen; dispensable, unnecessary, unneeded, unwantedNear Antonyms essential, indispensable, necessary, requisiteAntonyms compulsory, mandatory, nonelective, nonvoluntary, obligatory, required

  3. 3 made, given, or done with full awareness of what one is doing <the legal distinctions between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter> Synonyms conscious, deliberate, intended, knowing, purposeful, purposive, set, intentional, willed, willful (or wilful), wittingRelated Words designed, planned; conscious; advised, calculated, considered, measured, reasoned, studied, thoughtful, weighed; premeditated, premeditative, prepense; discretionary, elective, optional, volunteerNear Antonyms inadvertent, unwitting; accidental, chance, haphazard, hit-or-miss, incidental, random; aimless, desultory, purposeless; abrupt, impetuous, sudden; coerced, forced, involuntary; compulsory, mandatory, necessary, nonelective, obligatory, ordered, required; casual; extemporaneous, impromptu, impulsive, instinctive, spontaneous, unforced, unpremeditatedAntonyms nondeliberate, nonpurposive, unintentional




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