Definitions for voluntariness

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vol•un•tar•y*ˈvɒl ənˌtɛr i(adj.; n.)(pl.)-tar•ies.

  1. (adj.)done, made, brought about, or undertaken of one's own accord or by free choice:

    a voluntary contribution.

  2. of, pertaining to, or acting in accord with the will.

  3. of, pertaining to, or depending on voluntary action:

    voluntary hospitals.

  4. done by or composed of volunteers.

  5. Law. acting or done without compulsion or obligation. done by intention, and not by accident: made without valuable consideration:

    voluntary manslaughter.

    a voluntary settlement.

    Category: Law

  6. subject to or controlled by the will.

    Category: Physiology

  7. having the power of willing or choosing:

    a voluntary agent.

  8. proceeding from a natural impulse; spontaneous.

  9. (n.)someone or something voluntary.

  10. a piece of music performed as a prelude to a larger work, esp. an organ piece performed before, during, or after a church service.

    Category: Music and Dance

* Syn: See deliberate.

Origin of voluntary:

1350–1400; < L voluntārius, der. of volunt(ās) willingness, inclination, der. of velle to want, wish; see will1, -ent )



  1. voluntariness(Noun)

    The condition of being voluntary

Webster Dictionary

  1. Voluntariness(noun)

    the quality or state of being voluntary; spontaneousness; specifically, the quality or state of being free in the exercise of one's will


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