non·​vol·​un·​tary ˌnän-ˈvä-lən-ˌter-ē How to pronounce nonvoluntary (audio)
: not voluntary : involuntary
nonvoluntary layoffs
a nonvoluntary muscle twitch
nonvoluntary hospital admissions

Examples of nonvoluntary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Traffic stops represent the most common nonvoluntary interaction between citizens and police officers in the U.S. Derek Epp, The Conversation, 3 Feb. 2023 Of the 59 CEOs who departed S&P 500 firms last year, 30.5% were let go on a nonvoluntary basis, up from 22.1% in 2017, according to the Conference Board's 2019 CEO Succession Practices report. Fortune, 6 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonvoluntary was in the 15th century

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“Nonvoluntary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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