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Synonyms for voluntary
ˈvɒl ənˌtɛr i

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. volunteer, military volunteer, voluntary(noun)

    (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. voluntary(adj)

    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. voluntary(adj)

    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. voluntary(adj)

    controlled by individual volition

    "voluntary motions"; "voluntary muscles"

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


  1. voluntary(adjective)

    willful, optional, discretionary, volitional

    compulsory, involuntary, obligatory

  2. voluntary(adjective)

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

    discretionary, optional, willful, volitional

    involuntary, compulsory, obligatory

  3. voluntary(adjective)

    Working or done without payment.

    discretionary, willful, optional, volitional

    involuntary, obligatory, compulsory

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  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 Antonyms

  1. voluntary

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

    compulsory, coercive, necessitated, involuntary

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. voluntary(a.)

    spontaneous, free, unforced, unconstrained, without compulsion

  2. voluntary(a.)

    willing, from inclination

  3. voluntary(a.)

    designed, intended, intentional, purposed

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. voluntary(a)

    free, volitional, unforced, spontaneous


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How to use voluntary in a sentence?

  1. Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

    Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.

  2. German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    Greece has already been given relief. We had a voluntary haircut among the private creditors and we then extended maturities once and reduced interest rates, and we can now talk about such possibilities again ... once the first successful review of the programme to be negotiated has been completed then exactly this question will be discussed - not now but then.

  3. Caroline Polisi:

    We are here on a voluntary basis. We have answered all of your questions thus far. It is my advice to him that he not talk specifically about the offense conduct.

  4. Paivi Nerg:

    The number of returnees is increasing steadily ... All asylum seekers are informed about the options for voluntary return and about the available financial assistance.

  5. Maxwell Mehlman:

    It's hard to say that that's a voluntary program for a lot of people.

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