What does volition mean?

Definitions for volition
voʊˈlɪʃ ən, və-vo·li·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. volition, willnoun

    the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention

    "the exercise of their volition we construe as revolt"- George Meredith

  2. volition, willingnoun

    the act of making a choice

    "followed my father of my own volition"


  1. volitionnoun

    A conscious choice or decision.

    Etymology: From volition, from volitio, from volo.

  2. volitionnoun

    The mental power or ability of choosing; the will.

    Out of all the factors that can influence a person's decision, none can match the power of his or her own volition.

    Etymology: From volition, from volitio, from volo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Volitionnoun

    the act of willing or choosing; the act of forming a purpose; the exercise of the will

  2. Volitionnoun

    the result of an act or exercise of choosing or willing; a state of choice

  3. Volitionnoun

    the power of willing or determining; will


  1. Volition

    Volition or will is the cognitive process by which an individual decides on and commits to a particular course of action. It is defined as purposive striving and is one of the primary human psychological functions. Others include affection, motivation, and cognition. Volitional processes can be applied consciously or they can be automatized as habits over time. Most modern conceptions of volition address it as a process of conscious action control which becomes automatized.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Volition

    vō-lish′un, n. act of willing or choosing: the exercise of the will: the power of determining.—adjs. Voli′tient (rare), willing; Voli′tional, Voli′tionary.—adv. Voli′tionally.—adjs. Voli′tionless; Vol′itive, having power to will: expressing a wish. [Low L. volitio—L. volo, velle, to will, be willing.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Volition

    Voluntary activity without external compulsion.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of volition in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of volition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of volition in a Sentence

  1. Qube Chairman Chris Corrigan:

    You do require the container terminal operators to service rail in an intelligent fashion. They'll do that either at their own volition or they'll be told to do it by government, it's more of a 'steady-as-she-goes' type of proposal from Brookfield.

  2. Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

    My case is a species of madness, only that it is a derangement of the Volition, and not of the intellectual faculties.

  3. Joe Conlon:

    Down in Central and South America, they’re using these thermal foggers— that can work and knock down the mosquito, but in the U.S, they’re not going to allow federal and state folks to allow them into their homes to do that, it’s not something that mosquito abatement will do, but public pressure may make them do that. People might demand something like that of their own volition.

  4. Thomas Carlyle:

    A man with a half volition goes backwards and forwards, and makes no way on the smoothest road a man with a whole volition advances on the roughest, and will reach his purpose, if there be even a little worthiness in it. The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder - a waif, a nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life and having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you.

  5. Thomas Breen:

    That execution of that 9-year-old boy has to come from one singularly evil person, not from a plan. His killer did so of his own volition and for his own reason. Not at the behest or help of Corey Morgan.

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