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
Unfortunately, passengers don’t have much protection against involuntary downgrades.
On April 25, some of those investors petitioned to enter Allen’s company into immediate involuntary bankruptcy.
Dianna Callahan of Flint appeared in court near Ann Arbor on Thursday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and willful neglect of duty.
The film’s director eventually pleaded guilty to felony involuntary manslaughter.
Another wild day in court Tamika Pledger was found guilty Thursday of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery in Wyandotte County District Court for plowing into four teens and killing one with her speeding car.
A Niles man, 40, is charged with voluntary manslaughter and trafficking in drugs; while an Orange man, 21, and a Cleveland man, 22, both face charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated robbery.
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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 century
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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