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Examples of volition in a Sentence
Tourette's syndrome is a neurological disorder marked by recurrent tics and vocalizations that are beyond the sufferer's volition or control.
left the church of her own volition, not because she was excommunicated
Recent Examples of volition from the Web
Each year, Khan and his analytics staff get to sign a handful of players on their own volition.
Having accepted God through their own volition, God, in return, feels a unique love for them.
Groom walked off the field of her own volition after three minutes only to return to the game without missing any time.
But Orban is unlikely to do so, either of his own volition or kicked out by Brussels.
The city hadn’t taken on the cleanup of its own volition because of jurisdictional issues, Cervantes added.
Mr. Miller’s dogs enter weight-pull competitions, legal Iron Man-style bouts in which dogs haul weights a short distance on their own volition.
Most protesters left Wednesday of their own volition, and others departed Thursday by crossing the frozen Cannonball River to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
Many thousands more showed up at town halls of their own volition, in their own districts.
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Did You Know?
Volition ultimately derives from the Latin verb velle, meaning "to will" or "to wish." (The adjective "voluntary" descends from the same source.) English speakers borrowed the term from French in the 17th century, using it at first to mean "an act of choosing." Its earliest known English use appeared in Thomas Jackson's 1615 Commentaries upon the Apostle's Creed: "That such acts, again, as they appropriate to the will, and call volitions, are essentially and formally intellections, is most evident." The second sense of volition, meaning "the power to choose," had developed by the mid-18th century.
VOLITION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of volition for English Language Learners
: the power to make your own choices or decisions
VOLITION Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of volition
1: an act of making a choice or decision; also : a choice or decision made
2: the power of choosing or determining
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