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English adjective: involuntary

1. involuntary not subject to the control of the will

SamplesInvoluntary manslaughter.
Involuntary servitude.
An involuntary shudder.
It (becoming a hero) was involuntary. They sank my boat.

Synonymsnonvoluntary, unvoluntary

Similardriven, forced, goaded, unconscious, unwilled, unwilling

See alsounconscious, unwilling


2. involuntary controlled by the autonomic nervous system; without conscious control

SamplesInvoluntary muscles.
Gave an involuntary start.

Similarautomatic, autonomic, reflex, reflexive, vegetative

Domain categoryphysiology


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