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 voluntarism (audio) \ noun
voluntaristic \ ˌvä-​lən-​tə-​ˈri-​stik How to pronounce voluntarism (audio) \ adjective

Examples of voluntarism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bill was an effort to restore voluntarism to American labor relations, and to give workers back a core freedom of association: the right to refrain from union membership. Michael Watson, National Review, "The ‘Redistributionist Right’ Would Strengthen Unions to Workers’ Detriment," 19 Oct. 2020 In practice, particularly now, society might be better served by public voluntarism of that sort. John Brummett, Arkansas Online, "JOHN BRUMMETT: Absence authorized," 9 Aug. 2020 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, "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, "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, "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, "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, "Bookhouse Brewing releases, Masthead anniversary, The Rail beer school, more - beer calendar," 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of voluntarism

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Voluntarism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voluntarism. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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