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Definition of freewill

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Definition of free will (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : voluntary choice or decision I do this of my own free will
2 : freedom of humans to make choices that are not determined by prior causes or by divine intervention

Examples of freewill in a Sentence

Adjective a freewill confession of guilt made by the suspect during police interrogation our office staff made a freewill offering for UNESCO Noun He argues that all humans have free will. all of the workers at the homeless shelter are unpaid and are there of their own free will
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective All, too, will take place without a live audience and include links for freewill donations to nonprofits supporting Cleveland-area musicians and musical programs during coronavirus. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 2 June 2020 The free community event is sponsored by Spiritual Church of Escondido; freewill offering will be accepted. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Aug. 2019 Admission for the event sponsored by the Friends of the Rancho Bernardo Library is free; freewill donations will be accepted for musicians. Linda Mcintosh,, 30 Apr. 2018 There is no charge for this concert; freewill donations for musicians are encouraged. Linda Mcintosh,, 9 Apr. 2018 The series’ third and final concert holds chamber works by French composers of Les Six. 4 p.m. Sunday, Southminster Presbyterian Church, 916 E. Central Road, Arlington Heights; freewill donation; 847-902-0733. John Von Rhein,, 1 June 2017 Freewill offerings will benefit the Georgetown Ministry Center, which aids service-resistant, chronically homeless individuals and advocates for the homeless. Gerri Marmer, Washington Post, 5 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The New York Yankees saw their season end in early October after a loss to the Red Sox in the American League Wild Card, which has given the Yankees roster a solid eight weeks to exercise free will with their own personal appearance. Andrew Joseph, USA TODAY, 24 Nov. 2021 When it is blown in the face the victim loses the will, with lack of free will and without the ability to control their actions, leaving the victim totally vulnerable to the command of his attacker. Jd Linville, Variety, 5 Nov. 2021 Filming hands-free will be great for so many content creators. Essence, 22 Oct. 2021 But free will is a bad thing, according to the corporate bad guys, so chases ensue. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021 Deliberations in the mainstream of the music business were all about which kinds of proof of being COVID-free will be required going forward. Chris Willman, Variety, 19 Aug. 2021 But Sylvie suspects Kang may be lying and believes harnessing individuals’ free will is wrong. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 15 July 2021 Don’t let negative reviews dissuade you from seeing this very weird, very messy and nonetheless intriguing superhero team-up, which grapples with big ideas about creation, free will and whether humans are even worth saving. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2021 This is because suggestive, rather than directive, messages allow room for people to exercise their own free will. S. Shyam Sundar, The Conversation, 14 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of freewill


1535, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Freewill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of free will

: the ability to choose how to act
: the ability to make choices that are not controlled by fate or God

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Kids Definition of free will

: a person's own choice or decision She confessed of her own free will.

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