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Adjective: voluntary  'vó-lun,te-ree [N. Amer], 'vó-lun-t(u-)ree [Brit]
  1. 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"
  2. (physiology) controlled by individual volition
    "voluntary motions"; "voluntary muscles"
Noun: voluntary  'vó-lun,te-ree [N. Amer], 'vó-lun-t(u-)ree [Brit]
  1. (military) a person who freely enlists for service
    - volunteer, military volunteer
  2. Composition (often improvised) for a solo instrument (especially solo organ) and not a regular part of a religious service or musical performance

Derived forms: voluntaries

See also: conscious, freewill, intended, self-imposed, uncoerced, unforced, unpaid, volunteer, wilful [Brit, Cdn], willful [N. Amer], willing

Type of: man, military man, military personnel, serviceman, servicewoman, solo

Antonym: conscript, involuntary

Encyclopedia: Voluntary