freewill

adjective
free·​will | \ˈfrē-ˌwil \

Definition of freewill 

(Entry 1 of 2)

free will

noun

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

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

Admission for the event sponsored by the Friends of the Rancho Bernardo Library is free; freewill donations will be accepted for musicians. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "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

On the night of Halloween, the most scary thing will be giving up your free will, your agency, your persona. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "MIT Media Lab will let the internet control a human’s actions for one Halloween evening," 26 Oct. 2018 Questions of luck and social privilege, fate and free will, empathy and solipsism are woven throughout this discursive narrative whose detail-rich sequences lead to psychological insights and unexpected revelations. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: A Case of Mistaken Identity," 11 Oct. 2018 To some, the fact that the players are participating of their own free will should not absolve football. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor’s departure elicits feelings of admiration, guilt," 3 July 2018 With deep tenderness and a wonderful, feather-light sense of humor, Mr. Thier rehearses ancient conundrums over free will and the existence of evil while itemizing the blessings that make life worth the suffering. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Depraved and Beautiful Dream of the World," 12 July 2018 Thematically, Minority Report is interested in questions of free will and determinism, but it’s perhaps remembered best for its eerily prescient takes on technology and advertising. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "10 subversive, dark American futures to stream on July 4th," 4 July 2018 The simple fact of free will means that raising children is not deterministic. Wendy Faucett, Pomerado News, "Faucett: Fake news — parents' edition," 14 Feb. 2018 On page after sepia page, Lepp illuminates war, romance, memory, free will and heartfelt loyalty in the loft of a barn or the ominous shadow of a farmhouse. Steve Duin, OregonLive.com, "Steve Duin: The heartfelt 'Soul in the Machine'," 1 Feb. 2018 Is there really such thing as free will for any of us? The Atlantic, "Westworld: Is This Now?," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of freewill

Adjective

1535, in the meaning defined above

Noun

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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free will

noun

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

noun

Kids Definition of free will

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

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