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English adjective: voluntary

1. voluntary of your own free will or design; done by choice; not forced or compelled


SamplesMan is a voluntary agent.
Participation was voluntary.
Voluntary manslaughter.
Voluntary generosity in times of disaster.
Voluntary social workers.
A voluntary confession.


Similarfreewill, self-imposed, uncoerced, unforced, unpaid, volunteer, wilful, willful, willing


See alsoconscious, intended, willing


Antonymsinvoluntary, nonvoluntary, unvoluntary

2. voluntary controlled by individual volition


SamplesVoluntary motions.
Voluntary muscles.


Domain categoryphysiology


Antonymsinvoluntary


English noun: voluntary

1. voluntary (person) (military) a person who freely enlists for service


Synonymsmilitary volunteer, volunteer


Broader (hypernym)man, military man, military personnel, serviceman


Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine


Antonymsconscript, draftee, inductee

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


Broader (hypernym)solo


Narrower (hyponym)postlude









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