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voluntary

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of voluntary

  1. 1 done, made, or given with one's own free will a voluntary contribution to the school's fund-raising drive Synonyms of voluntary freewill, self-imposed, uncoerced, unforced, volitional, volunteer, willing Words Related to voluntary discretionary, elective, optional; impulsive, instinctive, spontaneous, unpremeditated; conscious, deliberate, intentional, knowing, willful (or wilful) Near Antonyms of voluntary compulsory, enforced, mandatory, necessary, nonelective, obligatory, ordered, required Antonyms of voluntary coerced, compelled, forced, involuntary, nonvoluntary, unwilled, will-less

  2. 2 subject to one's freedom of choice participation in the resort's recreational activities is strictly voluntary Synonyms of voluntary discretionary, elective, optionalWords Related to voluntary alternate, alternative, chosen; dispensable, unnecessary, unneeded, unwantedNear Antonyms of voluntary essential, indispensable, necessary, requisiteAntonyms of voluntary compulsory, mandatory, nonelective, nonvoluntary, obligatory, required

  3. 3 made, given, or done with full awareness of what one is doing the legal distinctions between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter Synonyms of voluntary conscious, deliberate, intended, knowing, purposeful, purposive, set, intentional, willed, willful (or wilful), wittingWords Related to voluntary designed, planned; conscious; advised, calculated, considered, measured, reasoned, studied, thoughtful, weighed; premeditated, premeditative, prepense; discretionary, elective, optional, volunteerNear Antonyms of voluntary inadvertent, unwitting; accidental, chance, haphazard, hit-or-miss, incidental, random; aimless, desultory, purposeless; abrupt, impetuous, sudden; coerced, forced, involuntary; compulsory, mandatory, necessary, nonelective, obligatory, ordered, required; casual; extemporaneous, impromptu, impulsive, instinctive, spontaneous, unforced, unpremeditatedAntonyms of voluntary nondeliberate, nonpurposive, unintentional

Synonym Discussion of voluntary

voluntary, intentional, deliberate, willing mean done or brought about of one's own will. 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.
    • willing obedience

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