free·will | \ ˈfrē-ˌwil \

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

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Examples of freewill in a Sentence


a freewill confession of guilt made by the suspect during police interrogation our office staff made a freewill offering for UNESCO


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

Admission for the event sponsored by the Friends of the Rancho Bernardo Library is free; freewill donations will be accepted for musicians. Linda Mcintosh,, "Local Marines receive scholarships from Kiwanis ... community events," 30 Apr. 2018 There is no charge for this concert; freewill donations for musicians are encouraged. Linda Mcintosh,, "Hand-to-Hand gives 39K in local grants," 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,, "Recommended Chicago-area classical music concerts," 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, "Religion events from around the Washington area," 5 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Is there really such thing as free will for any of us? The Atlantic, "Westworld: Is This Now?," 24 June 2018 Might the difference between living and not living that code be free will? The Atlantic, "Westworld: Is This Now?," 24 June 2018 Saddled with Ford in his brain and the loss of his free will (yet again), the host is not doing spectacularly. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'Westworld' recap: Death, deception and Dolores," 17 June 2018 On a more existential level, according to Daniel Zajfman, some people are concerned that quantum computing could bring about the end of free will. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, "Could Quantum Computing Be the End of Free Will?," 30 June 2018 The news broke this afternoon that director Neill Blomkamp will helm Robocop Returns, MGM's sequel to the original 1987 film that saw Officer Alex Murphy left for dead and turned into a cyborg who must come to terms with his own free will. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Robocop' and Neill Blomkamp Need Each Other," 11 July 2018 Menus catering to vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free will be identifiable at the website. Lauren Delgado,, "Magical Dining Month menus for 2018 revealed," 12 July 2018 In a country like ours, where education is ruled by the government and there are no alternatives, teaching a child something that is contrary to their faith is a violation of free will. Mario J. Pentón, miamiherald, "Gay marriage does not fit in a Communist country, Cuban Evangilicals say," 8 July 2018 Britain’s Teach First scheme has got bright graduates into classrooms of their own free will. The Economist, "If national service is so good, everyone should do it," 5 July 2018

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

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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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