Examples of involuntary in a Sentence
Breathing and circulation are involuntary processes.
When the door burst open, she let out an involuntary shriek.
The lawyer argued that the client's confession was involuntary.
Recent Examples of involuntary from the Web
The boy was charged July 12 with involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Angelique Morris, 17, at his home near Des Plaines, according to a statement from the Cook County Sheriff's Office.
Detective Jared Mullis was charged Friday with felony involuntary manslaughter, the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office said.
A Grandview man who already faces assault charges in a vehicular crash that injured several people and killed a 9-year-old boy now faces involuntary manslaughter.
After submitting a plea agreement, Riley was sentenced to seven years for involuntary manslaughter and 31 years for criminal deviate conduct.
The involuntary changes to the routines of tens of thousands of people came just days after the third derailment of a train at the station since late March.
Bill Van Der Pol, a senior staff attorney for ADAP, said evidence presented during the trial showed that the DOC's procedure for administering involuntary mental health medication was unconstitutional.
His response to the The Soultronics was almost involuntary, pure gospel, as if he’d been caught by the holy ghost.
Kinner pleaded guilty last year to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 11 years in prison, the maximum for that charge.
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Origin and Etymology of involuntary
Middle English involuntari, from Late Latin involuntarius, from Latin in- + voluntarius voluntary
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
INVOLUNTARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of involuntary for English Language Learners
: not done or made consciously
: not done by choice
INVOLUNTARY Defined for Kids
Definition of involuntary for Students
1 : not done consciously an involuntary whimper
2 : not done by choice involuntary labor
Legal Definition of involuntary
: done, made, or initiated contrary to or without one's choice an involuntary confession an involuntary lien an involuntary plaintiff joined in the action
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