volition

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noun vo·li·tion \vō-ˈli-shən, və-\

Definition of volition

  1. 1 :  the power of choosing or determining :  will

  2. 2 :  an act of making a choice or decision; also :  a choice or decision made

volitional

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Examples of volition in a Sentence

  1. Tourette's syndrome is a neurological disorder marked by recurrent tics and vocalizations that are beyond the sufferer's volition or control.

  2. left the church of her own volition, not because she was excommunicated

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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

French, from Medieval Latin volition-, volitio, from Latin vol- (stem of velle to will, wish) + -ition-, -itio (as in Latin position-, positio position) — more at will



VOLITION Defined for English Language Learners

volition

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Definition of volition for English Language Learners

  • : the power to make your own choices or decisions


VOLITION Defined for Kids

volition

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noun vo·li·tion \vō-ˈli-shən\

Definition of volition for Students

  1. :  the act or power of making choices or decisions without being influenced by other people :  will I chose to go on my own volition.


Medical Dictionary

volition

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noun vo·li·tion \vō-ˈlish-ən, və-\

Medical Definition of volition

  1. 1:  an act of making a choice or decision; also :  a choice or decision made

  2. 2:  the power of choosing or determining



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