volition was our Word of the Day on 07/27/2011. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
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
Pitbull’s proclamation that immigrants built America suggests that black people were hauled to America like livestock; raped, beaten, tortured and enslaved, of our own volition.
Further, Trump is perfectly capable of pursuing politically toxic policies at his own volition.
Correction: This story was updated to indicate that Kaepernick left the 49ers on his own volition, and was not cut from the team.
The Red Raiders moved like zombies, the difference being that unlike the undead, these teens were here of their own volition.
People that were brought here, people that have done a good job and were not brought here of their own volition.
My grandmother moved to Syria from Turkey, but not of her own volition.
In today’s NBA, stars of Thomas’ caliber usually switch teams in the prime of their careers on their own volition.
Volition Beauty: Spend $50 on Volition Beauty’s collection of skin and body products and receive a free rose gold cuff with the definition of Volition inscribed on it.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'volition.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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.
Synonymsaccord, autonomy, choice, self-determination, free will, will
Related Wordselection, preference, selection; bent, devices, disposition, inclination, leaning, partiality, penchant, predilection, predisposition, proclivity, propensity, tendency; alternative, discretion, option, pick, way
Near Antonymscoercion, compulsion, constraint, duress, force, pressure
VOLITION Defined for English Language Learners
VOLITION Defined for Kids
Definition of volition for Students
Learn More about volition
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up volition? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).