What does involuntary mean?

Definitions for involuntary
ɪnˈvɒl ənˌtɛr iin·vol·un·tary

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. involuntary, nonvoluntary, unvoluntary(adj)

    not subject to the control of the will

    "involuntary manslaughter"; "involuntary servitude"; "an involuntary shudder"; "It (becoming a hero) was involuntary. They sank my boat"- John F.Kennedy

  2. involuntary(adj)

    controlled by the autonomic nervous system; without conscious control

    "involuntary muscles"; "gave an involuntary start"


  1. involuntary(Adjective)

    Without intention; unintentional.

    He involuntarily overheard the conversation.

  2. involuntary(Adjective)

    Not voluntary or willing; contrary or opposed to explicit will or desire; unwilling.

    He found himself the involuntary witness in the trial.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Involuntary(adj)

    not having will or the power of choice

  2. Involuntary(adj)

    not under the influence or control of the will; not voluntary; as, the involuntary movements of the body; involuntary muscle fibers

  3. Involuntary(adj)

    not proceeding from choice; done unwillingly; reluctant; compulsory; as, involuntary submission

  4. Origin: [L. involuntarius. See In- not, and Voluntary.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Involuntary

    in-vol′un-tar-i, adj. not voluntary: not having the power of will or choice: not done willingly: not chosen.—adv. Invol′untarily.—n. Invol′untariness.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of involuntary in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of involuntary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of involuntary in a Sentence

  1. Northrop Frye:

    It is clear that all verbal structures with meaning are verbal imitations of that elusive psychological and physiological process known as thought, a process stumbling through emotional entanglements, sudden irrational convictions, involuntary gleams of insight, rationalized prejudices, and blocks of panic and inertia, finally to reach a completely incommunicable intuition.

  2. Vincent Lapointe:

    Whether I win at the Olympics or not there will always be someone out there who doubts that it was involuntary, i am not going to try and ignore that I am someone who is prepared... I am just going to have to ignore those comments if someone attacks me and says I cheated, because I have confidence in myself.

  3. Arden Pope:

    The ubiquitous and involuntary nature of exposures, and the broadly-observed effects across sub-populations, underscore the public-health importance of breathing clean air.

  4. Kathleen Mullan Harris:

    It makes perfect sense from a life course perspective -- in middle age you are naturally embedded in so many networks [with children, parents, your community], it's almost involuntary that you're in all these networks.

  5. Shiori Ito:

    If you know a person gets drunk, you shouldn't( have sex). It's involuntary sex -- it's rape, i want to emphasize how difficult( it was) for her to fight under this Japanese sentiment. We need to change the society -- this is the lesson for us.

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