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Definitions of voluntary

  1. a person who freely enlists for ( military) service
  2. ( physiology) controlled by individual volition; " voluntary motions"; " voluntary muscles"
  3. composition ( often improvised) for a solo instrument ( especially solo organ) and not a regular part of a service or performance
  4. of your own free will or design; not forced or compelled; " man is a voluntary agent"; " participation was voluntary"; " voluntary manslaughter"; " voluntary generosity in times of disaster"; " voluntary social workers"; " a voluntary confession"
  5. ( military) a person who freely enlists for service
  6. controlled by individual volition; " voluntary motions"; " voluntary muscles"
  7. Proceeding from the will; produced in or by an act of choice.
  8. Unconstrained by the interference of another; unimpelled by the influence of another; not prompted or persuaded by another; done of his or its own accord; spontaneous; acting of one's self, or of itself; free.
  9. Done by design or intention; intentional; purposed; intended; not accidental; as, if a man kills another by lopping a tree, it is not voluntary manslaughter.
  10. Of or pertaining to the will; subject to, or regulated by, the will; as, the voluntary motions of an animal, such as the movements of the leg or arm ( in distinction from involuntary motions, such as the movements of the heart); the voluntary muscle fibers, which are the agents in voluntary motion.
  11. Endowed with the power of willing; as, man is a voluntary agent.
  12. Free; without compulsion; according to the will, consent, or agreement, of a party; without consideration; gratuitous; without valuable consideration.
  13. One who engages in any affair of his own free will; a volunteer.
  14. A piece played by a musician, often extemporarily, according to his fancy; specifically, an organ solo played before, during, or after divine service.
  15. One who advocates voluntaryism.
  16. Pertaining to the will; acting from choice or free will; intentional; as, the act of offense was voluntary, not accidental; not forced; as, his confession of guilt was voluntary; free; of one's own accord; controlled by one's own will or choice.
  17. An organ solo played before, during, or after, a church service; any organ prelude.
  18. Voluntarily.
  19. Voluntariness.
  20. Relating or acting in obedience to the will; not obligatory.
  21. In accordance with will.
  22. Willing: acting by choice: free: proceeding from the will: subject to the will: done by design or without compulsion.
  23. One who does anything of his own free will: a piece of music played at will.
  24. Acting by choice; proceeding from the will; willing; free.
  25. Piece of music played at will.
  26. Unconstrained; intentional; volitional; free.
  27. Possessing or exercising will.
  28. Subject to will, as a muscle or movement.
  29. Any work or performance not compelled.
  30. An organ solo before, during, or after a religious service.
  31. Acting by choice, without being influenced or impelled by another; free, or not being under restraint; proceeding from choice or free will; acting with willingness; done with design; done freely; spontaneous; subject to the will; pertaining to voluntaryism.
  32. One who engages in any affair of his own free will; a volunteer; one who maintains that the Church should be independent of the State and supported solely by the free- will offerings of her people, as well as free from all State interference; a piece played extemporarily, according to the musicians fancy; a composition for the organ. Voluntary conveyance, the transfer of property without any adequate consideration.
  33. Of or pertaining to voluntaryism; as, a voluntary church, in distinction from an established or state church.
  34. Acting from choice; proceeding from one's own will; done without compulsion.
  35. One who does anything of his own free will; a piece of music played at will; one who supports the ordinances of religion by his own free will; a dissenter.
  36. Subject to or regulated by the will; action of muscles.
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Quotes of voluntary

  1. It is my contention that civil disobediences are nothing but the latest form of voluntary association, and that they are thus quite in tune with the oldest traditions of the country. – Hannah Arendt
  2. I dare suggest that the composer would do himself and his music an immediate and eventual service by total, resolute and voluntary withdrawal from this public world to one of private performance and electronic media. – Milton Babbitt
  3. Play is always voluntary What might otherwise be play is work if it's forced. – Bob Black
  4. The more potent, unasked question is how society at large reacts to eager, voluntary violence by females, and to the growing evidence that women can be just as aggressive as men. – Katherine Dunn
  5. To believe that patriotism will not flourish if patriotic ceremonies are voluntary is to make an unflattering estimate of the appeal of our institutions to free minds. – Robert Jackson
  6. The attempt to redefine the family as a purely voluntary arrangement grows out of the modern delusion that people can keep all their options open all the time. – Christopher Lasch
  7. Concupiscence and force are the source of all our actions; concupiscence causes voluntary actions, force involuntary ones. – Blaise Pascal
  8. Truly it is an evil to be full of faults; but it is a still greater evil to be full of them and to be unwilling to recognize them, since that is to add the further fault of a voluntary illusion. – Blaise Pascal
  9. With that in mind and in celebration of National Prayer Day, today I have proposed in the House of Representatives a Constitutional Amendment that would restore voluntary prayer in our Nation's schools. – Nick Rahall
  10. The Federal Government should be the last resort, not the first. Ask if a potential program is truly a federal responsibility or whether it can better be handled privately, by voluntary organizations, or by local or state governments. – Donald Rumsfeld
  11. One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny. – Bertrand Russell
  12. We have no basis for having a recall of any particular type of voting equipment because there are no standards. And when we do have standards, even these standards are required to be voluntary – DeForest Soaries
  13. That no government, so called, can reasonably be trusted, or reasonably be supposed to have honest purposes in view, any longer than it depends wholly upon voluntary support. – Lysander Spooner
  14. I believe patriotism comes from the heart. Patriotism is voluntary It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. – Jesse Ventura
  15. Patriotism is voluntary It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their their patriotism through their actions, by their choice. – Jesse Ventura

Usage examples for voluntary

  1. The subtle scepticisms of her mind went altogether beyond my habits of thinking; it had never occurred to me that there was any other way of living except in these voluntary and involuntary mutual servitudes in which men and women live and die. – The Passionate Friends by Herbert George Wells
  2. It is besides no voluntary admission. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  3. We have counted the cost of this contest, and we find nothing so dreadful as voluntary slavery. – The Americanism of Washington by Henry Van Dyke
  4. Then, if she was sleeping, he would stand and watch her, observing every movement, voluntary and involuntary. – Concerning Sally by William John Hopkins
  5. This is not the case with voluntary action, the difference being due to the mind. – Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools by Francis M. Walters, A.M.
  6. July was the voluntary defeat of all superiorities,- name, fortune, talent. – The Village Rector by Honore de Balzac
  7. Mark the prosperity, the growth, the honorable career of your country under the voluntary union of independent States. – The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2) by Jefferson Davis
  8. Now this sudden longing to flee was restrained by a strong desire to behold once more the face of the woman who, during all the years of his voluntary exile, had been so much in his mind. – If Any Man Sin by H. A. Cody
  9. Yet, voluntary breach of the marriage contract is rare in comparison with that which is enforced, as, for instance, when the chief gives up the women of a town to a company of visitors or warriors. – Primitive Love and Love-Stories by Henry Theophilus Finck
  10. Days passed on in this manner, and the Sultan was no less surprised than delighted to witness this voluntary kindness and affection that was so freely rendered to the lovely girl. – The Circassian Slave; or, The Sultan's Favorite A Story of Constantinople and the Caucasus by Lieutenant Maturin Murray
  11. During his fast in America, a similar, though not voluntary feat was being performed here. – Across Asia on a Bicycle by Thomas Gaskell Allen and William Lewis Sachtleben
  12. I fled the Iron Curtain, came here to live voluntarily-" " Do you really think it was on a voluntary basis that you went? – Voyage To Eternity by Milton Lesser
  13. This is a splendid array of names and titles, but let me urge the reader never to forget that this noble Institution depends on the public for the adequate discharge of its grand work, for it is supported almost entirely by voluntary contributions. – Battles with the Sea by R.M. Ballantyne
  14. We may state the question thus:- Imitation imitates the actions of men, whether voluntary or involuntary, on which, as they imagine, a good or bad result has ensued, and they rejoice or sorrow accordingly. – Plato's Republic by Plato
  15. Social equality is something that grows out of voluntary concessions by the individuals forming society. – The South and the National Government by William Howard Taft
  16. The Friars were a great party in the Church, organized with a definite object, and pledged to carry out that object in simple reliance upon what we now call the Voluntary Principle. – The Coming of the Friars by Augustus Jessopp
  17. They change, the people change- all is a round of change- because all depends on the voluntary principle. – Diary in America, Series One by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  18. In accordance with my recommendation at a former session of Congress, an appropriation of $ 500 thousand was made to aid the voluntary removal of the various tribes beyond the limits of the States. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  19. Under the head of Voluntary Transmission of Mental Vibrations may be placed the following two general classes of phenomena, viz. – Genuine Mediumship or The Invisible Powers by Bhakta Vishita
  20. They assured us, that by a voluntary raising of the prohibition, you would so win upon the heart of the Five Cantons, that any reasonable demand of yours would readily be granted, and the most obstinate even would be obliged to give way. – The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli by Johann Hottinger