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voluntary

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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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