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ɪnˈvɒl ənˌtɛr iin·vol·un·ta·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. involuntary, nonvoluntary, unvoluntaryadjective

    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. involuntaryadjective

    controlled by the autonomic nervous system; without conscious control

    "involuntary muscles"; "gave an involuntary start"

Wiktionary

  1. involuntaryadjective

    Without intention; unintentional.

    He involuntarily overheard the conversation.

  2. involuntaryadjective

    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. Involuntaryadjective

    not having will or the power of choice

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

  2. Involuntaryadjective

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

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

  3. Involuntaryadjective

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

    Etymology: [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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Numerology

  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. Robert Erickson:

    In some way, this electromagnetic energy is interacting indirectly or directly with the sympathetic nervous system, which is part of the involuntary nervous system.

  2. 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.

  3. Theodor Herzl:

    [The body is] a marvelous machine...a chemical laboratory, a power-house. Every movement, voluntary or involuntary, full of secrets and marvels!

  4. Alexandra Minna Stern:

    Under those laws, about 60,000 people were sterilized in procedures that we would qualify today as being compulsory, forced, involuntary, and under the justifications that the people who were being sterilized were unfit to reproduce.

  5. Theodor Herzl:

    The body is a marvelous machine...a chemical laboratory, a power-house. Every movement, voluntary or involuntary, full of secrets and marvels

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