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free·​will ˈfrē-ˌwil How to pronounce freewill (audio)

free will

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: voluntary choice or decision
I do this of my own free will
: 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
Recent Examples on the Web
Coach for Men captures the never-resting energy of the city that never sleeps and the freewill spontaneity of all those who call it home. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 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 distinctive attributes our founding documents attribute to human beings — reason, free will, and moral choice — would be inconceivable in the absence of a Judeo-Christian worldview. Janice Rogers Brown, National Review, 22 June 2024 After it was passed, Ukraine’s Justice Ministry said the inmates, who must sign up of their own free will, would serve in separate units. Daria Tarasova-Markina, CNN, 13 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for freewill 

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Word History

First Known Use


1535, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of freewill was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Freewill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
free·​will ˌfrē-ˌwil How to pronounce freewill (audio)
: of or done by one's own free will : voluntary
a freewill offering

free will

2 of 2 noun
: one's own choice or decision

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