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Meaning of VOLITION

Pronunciation:  vow'lishun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of making a choice; "followed my father of my own volition"
  2. [n]  the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention; "the exercise of their volition we construe as revolt"- George Meredith

VOLITION is a 8 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: will, willing
 See Also: choice, faculty, intention, mental faculty, module, option, pick, selection, velleity



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Vo*li"tion\, n. [F., fr. L. volo I will, velle to
will, be willing. See {Voluntary}.]
1. The act of willing or choosing; the act of forming a
   purpose; the exercise of the will.

         Volition is the actual exercise of the power the
         mind has to order the consideration of any idea, or
         the forbearing to consider it.        --Locke.

         Volition is an act of the mind, knowingly exerting
         that dominion it takes itself to have over any part
         of the man, by employing it in, or withholding it
         from, any particular action.          --Locke.

2. The result of an act or exercise of choosing or willing; a
   state of choice.

3. The power of willing or determining; will.

Syn: Will; choice; preference; determination; purpose.

Usage: {Volition}, {Choice}. Choice is the familiar, and
       volition the scientific, term for the same state of
       the will; viz., an ``elective preference.'' When we
       have ``made up our minds'' (as we say) to a thing, i.
       e., have a settled state of choice respecting it, that
       state is called an immanent volition; when we put
       forth any particular act of choice, that act is called
       an emanent, or executive, or imperative, volition.
       When an immanent, or settled state of, choice, is one
       which controls or governs a series of actions, we call
       that state a predominant volition; while we give the
       name of subordinate volitions to those particular acts
       of choice which carry into effect the object sought
       for by the governing or ``predominant volition.'' See