Synonyms & Antonyms of voluntary

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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How is the word voluntary different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of voluntary are deliberate, intentional, and willing. While all these words 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

Where would deliberate be a reasonable alternative to voluntary?

While the synonyms deliberate and voluntary are close in meaning, deliberate implies full consciousness of the nature of one's act and its consequences.

deliberate acts of sabotage

When is it sensible to use intentional instead of voluntary?

Although the words intentional and voluntary have much in common, intentional stresses an awareness of an end to be achieved.

the intentional concealment of vital information

When could willing be used to replace voluntary?

The synonyms willing and voluntary are sometimes interchangeable, but 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 24 May. 2022.

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