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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


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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