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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 today’s NBA, stars of Thomas’ caliber usually switch teams in the prime of their careers on their own volition.
The Red Raiders moved like zombies, the difference being that unlike the undead, these teens were here of their 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.
My grandmother moved to Syria from Turkey, but not of her own volition.
Further, Trump is perfectly capable of pursuing politically toxic policies at his own volition.
People that were brought here, people that have done a good job and were not brought here of their own volition.
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.
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.
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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
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