Done, given, or acting of one's own free will.
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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.
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volunteer, military volunteer, voluntarynoun
(military) a person who freely enlists for service
composition (often improvised) for a solo instrument (especially solo organ) and not a regular part of a religious service or musical performance
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"
controlled by individual volition
"voluntary motions"; "voluntary muscles"
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How to use voluntary in a sentence?
I had to fight for my employer to continue to allow me to work from home because we had no options for child care... They had suggested I take a voluntary layoff with no promise of return.
In the U.S. the (emission) limits are stricter, which makes the fix more complicated. And taking part in the buyback is voluntary (for customers), which is not the case in Germany, for example.
I believe that's going to turn this around because I don't think people are going to want to not go to work or not go to college... They're going to do it, you'd like to have them do it on a totally voluntary basis, but if that doesn't work, you've got to go to the alternatives.
In order to avoid a price slide and a massive inventory build, OPEC+ would need to implement further voluntary production cuts, the challenge facing OPEC+ is thus likely to become even bigger next year, maintaining the pressure on the oil price.
It is CDC’s position that since the research is being proposed for a group of individuals who are detained under a federal quarantine order, the circumstances of voluntary participation would be extremely difficult to assure and therefore, CDC does not approve this study.
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- voluntariCatalan, Valencian
- ohne Bezahlung, freiwillig, ehrenamtlichGerman
- εθελοντικός, προαιρετικός, εκούσιος, εθελούσιοςGreek
- vapaaehtoinen, suunniteltu, omaehtoinen, vapaa, talkoo-, tahdollinen, vapaaehtois-, tahallinen, halukasFinnish
- volontaire, bénévoleFrench
- saor-thoileachScottish Gaelic
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