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

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 Yet the third month of war finds Russia, not the United States, struggling under an unprecedented hacking wave that entwines government activity, political voluntarism and criminal action. Washington Post, 1 May 2022 To be considered, applicants need to volunteer outside of school and place emphasis on encouraging voluntarism as well as assisting others in reaching their potential. Natalya Jones, sun-sentinel.com, 17 Mar. 2022 Translation, what voluntarism and democracy won’t deliver, business must. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 28 Jan. 2022 Marking a shift away from the voluntarism that the administration has depended on until this point, the President is following the science by adopting the forceful model now being put into place for city employees in New York and Los Angeles. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 29 July 2021 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, 19 Oct. 2020 In practice, particularly now, society might be better served by public voluntarism of that sort. John Brummett, Arkansas Online, 9 Aug. 2020 The organization of women promotes voluntarism and improving the community through effective action and leadership. Marc Bona, cleveland, 6 Jan. 2020 The organization of women promotes voluntarism and improving the community through effective action and leadership. Marc Bona, cleveland, 6 Jan. 2020 See More

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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 16 Aug. 2022.

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