voluntarism

noun
vol·​un·​ta·​rism | \ ˈvä-lən-tə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce voluntarism (audio) \

Definition of voluntarism

1 : the principle or system of doing something by or relying on voluntary action or volunteers
2 : a theory that conceives will to be the dominant factor in experience or in the world

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Other Words from voluntarism

voluntarist \ ˈvä-​lən-​tə-​rist How to pronounce voluntarist (audio) \ noun
voluntaristic \ ˌvä-​lən-​tə-​ˈris-​tik How to pronounce voluntaristic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of voluntarism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The organization of women promotes voluntarism and improving the community through effective action and leadership. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Bookhouse Brewing releases, Masthead anniversary, The Rail beer school, more - beer calendar," 6 Jan. 2020 The organization of women promotes voluntarism and improving the community through effective action and leadership. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Hofbrauhaus keg tapping, HiHO 3rd anniversary, more - beer calendar," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of voluntarism

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Voluntarism.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voluntarism. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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