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1 done, made, or given with one's own free will
  • a voluntary contribution to the school's fund-raising drive

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2 subject to one's freedom of choice
  • participation in the resort's recreational activities is strictly voluntary

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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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The first known use of voluntary was in the 15th century

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“Voluntary.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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