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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
In private practice, doctors still often work long hours, but do so of their own volition.
While their father pushed them, the duo dedicated themselves to the sport on their own volition.
Losing these aspects of the story is a shame, if only because the idea of human volition figures so heavily in what VanderMeer is trying to say.
Plus, running backs coach Charles London left the staff on his own volition without being dismissed.
Cliven Bundy remains incarcerated of his own volition.
Flynn might have done both legally dubious things of his own volition.
The much more likely scenario is that Rosenstein will step away from the Russia investigation on his own volition by recusing himself and putting someone else in charge.
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.
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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.
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