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

Definition of freewill

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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

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: 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 Once Kang died, Strange got some of his free will back along with the entire timeline. Chris Smith, BGR, 18 Apr. 2022 The land of the free and the home of the brave ought to be more generous in our regard for free will and in gratitude for our guarding of it. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, 28 Feb. 2022 In Free Guy Ryan Reynolds plays an NPC who develops consciousness and free will. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 28 Jan. 2022 Communism and radical Islam are ideologies that divide the world into the elect and the profane, deny individuality and suppress free will. David Satter, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2021 In the democratic state, newspapers express the free will of the people., 3 Mar. 2022 Neo confirms the existence of free will by straying from the prophecy that gave him the choice to either wipe out humanity or destroy Zion. Richard Newby, Vulture, 23 Dec. 2021 The implication is that our feeling of free will is nothing but that: a feeling. Carissa Véliz, Wired, 27 Dec. 2021 The script, written by Wachowski, David Mitchell and Aleksandar Hemon, once again tackles deep questions about free will, fate, reality, sacrifice and love. cleveland, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 16 May. 2022.

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

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