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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
Even thornier: What if exceptional straight white men aren’t just losing out against affirmative action, but opting out of their own volition?
Russia has maintained the Russian contractors in Syria are in the Mideast country of their own volition and are not the responsibility of the Kremlin.
The company has already made some of those changes of its own volition in response to customer pressure, to safeguard a major source of Russian state revenues, according to EU diplomats, energy industry executives and analysts.
The ordinance requires the Sheriff's Office to release most people immediately upon being booked with a directive to appear in court on their own volition.
Perhaps that is Roskam’s ultimate point: volition and individuality are illusory; only love and death matter.
The data was originally collected by a professor within the rules of Facebook, but then it was given to third parties like Cambridge Analytica, and that was in volition of Facebook’s policies.
Romney chose to speak of his own volition, from his own conviction, that Trump was the exact wrong person for the job.
Leaving on his own volition is the right way for the Wenger era to end at Arsenal.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of volition
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: the power to make your own choices or decisions
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