voluntary implies freedom and spontaneity of choice or action without external compulsion.
a voluntary confession
intentional stresses an awareness of an end to be achieved.
the intentional concealment of vital information
deliberate implies full consciousness of the nature of one's act and its consequences.
deliberate acts of sabotage
willing implies a readiness and eagerness to accede to or anticipate the wishes of another.
Examples of voluntary in a Sentence
Participation in the program is completely voluntary.
He was charged with voluntary manslaughter.
the voluntary muscles that control urination
Recent Examples on the Web
Charges of voluntary manslaughter and assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury were filed against the two teens who attacked Diego.—Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023 In 1995, Craig Fellin was one of the founders of the Big Hole Watershed Committee, a group of valley residents formed to find voluntary ways to ease pressure from irrigation and fishing.—Jim Robbins, New York Times, 12 Sep. 2023 After some officials grilled the company on whether similar incidents could happen in Loudoun, Procopio said that Newport’s facilities are unlocked and clients come on a voluntary basis.—Teo Armus, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2023 The union has stated that these staffers initially first asked for voluntary recognition, but were rebuffed by management.—Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Sep. 2023 Adding to the suspicion in the years following Morgan Jr.’s killing was the revelation the father pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for killing a man in 1977.—Alice Yin, Chicago Tribune, 11 Sep. 2023 That’s deeply messed up and would make the widespread voluntary wearing of hats even more baffling.—Vulture, 11 Sep. 2023 In a note to clients, analysts at Goldman Sachs now predict that voluntary production cuts by major oil exporters Saudi Arabia and Russia could push the price of Brent up to hit $107 a barrel next December, even accidentally.—Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 7 Sep. 2023 The 24-year-old also didn’t participate in the team’s voluntary offseason programs or its mandatory three-day minicamp and later talked about the business side of the game being difficult.—Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 1 Sep. 2023
Others made the shift into self-employment voluntary after taking the time to evaluate their professional standing.—Jasmine Browley, Essence, 12 July 2022 In Libya, Muammar Gaddafi voluntary gave up his nuclear program, but that didn’t stop the United States from actively supporting rebels who toppled his regime and savagely killed him.—Michael A. Cohen, The New Republic, 25 Jan. 2022 Virginia enacted legislation in 2021 to establish an auto-IRA savings program and the New York state legislature has passed legislation that would amend their law to switch from a voluntary to a mandatory auto-IRA program statewide.—Dan Doonan, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Danario Green was optimistic about returning to work as a JetBlue flight attendant after taking a five-month voluntary leave earlier in the pandemic.—Natalie B. Compton, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Nov. 2020 The actual number of layoffs and furloughs may decrease for both American and United before Oct. 1 because of union agreements and other voluntary buyout negotiations, according to company memos.—Anna Kramer, SFChronicle.com, 4 Aug. 2020 For players, that means a certain level of accomplishment or desire for a new contract can be reason to skip the voluntaries.—Sam Mellinger, kansascity.com, 20 June 2017 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French voluntarie, from Latin voluntarius, from voluntas will, from velle to will, wish — more at will