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

Definition of freewill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

free will


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

Keep scrolling for more

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
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The free community event is sponsored by Spiritual Church of Escondido; freewill offering will be accepted. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Passion 4 K.I.D.S founders visit with royalty," 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,, "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 Early prognosticators have wondered who is the market for Apple Arcade, and if those accustomed to downloading games for free will be willing to pony up for a $4.99 per-month subscription. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, "How Apple Arcade wants to bust up free-to-play games. And why that’s a good thing," 19 Sep. 2019 There is no charge for the concert, but free will offerings are always gratefully accepted. Lisa Peklo,, "Fall Festival at Marriottsville church featuring food, music, autumn activities, prizes," 19 Sep. 2019 Since no one is in a friend relationship due to stipulations in a contract, exercise of the free will endows the bond with special meaning. T.l. Andrews, Quartz, "More people are dying alone—and the global economy isn’t prepared for it," 21 Dec. 2019 After the move, fans who enjoy the content via PBS Kids for free will still be able to do so after its premiere on HBO Max. Rosy Cordero,, "Sesame Street moving to new neighborhood in 2020, HBO Max scores five-season deal," 3 Oct. 2019 In the tug of war between fate and free will, here the victor is the former. Washington Post, "At the Hirshhorn, a showcase of recent acquisitions takes the temperature of the art world," 24 Dec. 2019 This perfectly describes the intensity with which Teeny desired to bring about her own death: one final act of defiance, one final act of free will. Tim Zimmermann, Washington Post, "My terminally ill mother wanted to end her own life. What would it take to fulfill her last wish?," 11 Dec. 2019 This is even clearer in the original German title, as the German word for voluntary, freiwillig, literally contains the idea of free will. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Voluntary Year' ('Das freiwillige Jahr'): Film Review | Locarno 2019," 15 Aug. 2019 Her free will definitely plays a lot into the obstacles and advantages in this episode. Chancellor Agard,, "Arrow star Katherine McNamara previews Oliver and Mia's eye-opening Russia mission," 19 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'freewill.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of freewill


1535, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about freewill

Time Traveler for freewill

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for freewill

Cite this Entry

“Freewill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for freewill

free will


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

free will


Kids Definition of free will

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on freewill

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for freewill

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with freewill

Spanish Central: Translation of freewill

Nglish: Translation of freewill for Spanish Speakers

Comments on freewill

What made you want to look up freewill? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!