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Synonyms for voluntary
ˈvɒl ənˌtɛr ivol·un·ta·ry

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Wiktionary3.0 / 1 vote

  1. voluntaryadjective

    willful, optional, discretionary, volitional

    compulsory, involuntary, obligatory

  2. voluntaryadjective

    Done, given, or acting of one's own free will.

    volitional, willful, optional, discretionary

    involuntary, obligatory, compulsory

  3. voluntaryadjective

    A volunteer

    volitional, optional, willful, discretionary

    compulsory, obligatory, involuntary

English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. voluntary

    That is spontaneous which is freely done, with no external compulsion and, in human actions, without special premeditation or distinct determination of the will; that is voluntary which is freely done with distinct act of will; that is involuntary which is independent of the will, and perhaps in opposition to it; a willing act is not only in accordance with will, but with desire. Thus voluntary and involuntary, which are antonyms of each other, are both partial synonyms of spontaneous. We speak of spontaneous generation, spontaneous combustion, spontaneous sympathy, an involuntary start, an unbidden tear, voluntary agreement, willing submission. A babe's smile in answer to that of its mother is spontaneous; the smile of a pouting child wheedled into good humor is involuntary. In physiology the action of the heart and lungs is called involuntary; the growth of the hair and nails is spontaneous; the action of swallowing is voluntary up to a certain point, beyond which it becomes involuntary or automatic. In the fullest sense of that which is not only without the will but distinctly in opposition to it, or compulsory, involuntary becomes an antonym, not only of voluntary but of spontaneous; as, involuntary servitude. A spontaneous outburst of applause is of necessity an act of volition, but so completely dependent on sympathetic impulse that it would seem frigid to call it voluntary, while to call it involuntary would imply some previous purpose or inclination not to applaud.

    automatic, free, impulsive, instinctive, involuntary, spontaneous, unbidden, willing

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. voluntary

    deliberate, spontaneous, free, intentional, optional, discretional, unconstrained, willing

    compulsory, coercive, necessitated, involuntary

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. volunteer, military volunteer, voluntarynoun

    (military) a person who freely enlists for service

    unpaid worker, military volunteer, volunteer

    unwilling, forced, unwilled, vegetative, unvoluntary, reflexive, involuntary, automatic, unconscious, driven, nonvoluntary, goaded, reflex(a), autonomic

  2. voluntaryadjective

    composition (often improvised) for a solo instrument (especially solo organ) and not a regular part of a religious service or musical performance

    military volunteer, volunteer

    reflex(a), involuntary, unwilled, forced, unwilling, autonomic, reflexive, unconscious, automatic, nonvoluntary, unvoluntary, goaded, vegetative, driven

  3. voluntaryadjective

    of your own free will or design; done by choice; 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"

    driven, vegetative, reflex(a), involuntary, reflexive, autonomic, unwilled, nonvoluntary, goaded, unwilling, automatic, unvoluntary, unconscious, forced

  4. voluntaryadjective

    controlled by individual volition

    "voluntary motions"; "voluntary muscles"

    reflex(a), forced, vegetative, unconscious, involuntary, unvoluntary, nonvoluntary, autonomic, driven, reflexive, unwilling, unwilled, goaded, automatic

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. voluntaryadjective

    spontaneous, free, unforced, unconstrained, without compulsion

  2. voluntaryadjective

    willing, from inclination

  3. voluntaryadjective

    designed, intended, intentional, purposed

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words5.0 / 1 vote

  1. voluntaryadjective

    free, volitional, unforced, spontaneous


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  1. The Russian Foreign Ministry:

    Introducing new unilateral sanctions against the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sebastopol by the USA and European Union is direct evidence that the West has acknowledged that the decision by the Crimeans to rejoin Russia was unanimous and voluntary, that's why they chose the 'punishment' to be collective.

  2. Bertrand Russell:

    One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways.

  3. Erich Fromm:

    The history of man is a graveyard of great cultures that came to catastrophic ends because of their incapacity for planned, rational, voluntary reaction to challenge.

  4. Benjamin Tucker:

    Certainly voluntary compliance is at the top of the list, because the last thing you want to do is engage in enforcement activities, we have 36,000 officers plus, but we have 8.6 million people, and so there's no way you can enforce your way out of this. You've got to get voluntary compliance.

  5. New York Blood Center:

    NYBC's support of the chimpanzees was entirely voluntary, offered on a philanthropic basis to permit discussions regarding Liberia's need to fulfill their responsibilities until the Government of Liberia could take over, the Government of Liberia and animal rights organizations knew all along that our support was voluntary and could not continue.

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