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Meaning of VOLUNTARY

Pronunciation:  'vâlun`turee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  composition (often improvised) for a solo instrument (especially solo organ) and not a regular part of a service or performance
  2. [n]  a person who freely enlists for (military) service
  3. [adj]  of your own free will or design; 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"
  4. [adj]  (physiology) controlled by individual volition; "voluntary motions"; "voluntary muscles"

VOLUNTARY is a 9 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: by choice(p), freewill, intentional, military volunteer, self-imposed, uncoerced, unforced, unpaid, volitional, volunteer, volunteer(a), wilful, willful, willing
 Antonyms: conscript, draftee, inductee, involuntary, nonvoluntary, unvoluntary
 See Also: conscious, man, military man, military personnel, serviceman, solo



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Vol"un*ta*ry\, a. [L. voluntarius, fr. voluntas will,
    choice, from the root of velle to will, p. pr. volens; akin
    to E. will: cf. F. volontaire, Of. also voluntaire. See
    {Will}, v. t., and cf. {Benevolent}, {Volition},
    1. Proceeding from the will; produced in or by an act of
             That sin or guilt pertains exclusively to voluntary
             action is the true principle of orthodoxy. --N. W.
    2. Unconstrained by the interference of another; unimpelled
       by the influence of another; not prompted or persuaded by
       another; done of his or its own accord; spontaneous;
       acting of one's self, or of itself; free.
             Our voluntary service he requires.    --Milton.
             She fell to lust a voluntary prey.    --Pope.
    3. Done by design or intention; intentional; purposed;
       intended; not accidental; as, if a man kills another by
       lopping a tree, it is not voluntary manslaughter.
    4. (Physiol.) Of or pertaining to the will; subject to, or
       regulated by, the will; as, the voluntary motions of an
       animal, such as the movements of the leg or arm (in
       distinction from involuntary motions, such as the
       movements of the heart); the voluntary muscle fibers,
       which are the agents in voluntary motion.
    5. Endowed with the power of willing; as, man is a voluntary
             God did not work as a necessary, but a voluntary,
             agent, intending beforehand, and decreeing with
             himself, that which did outwardly proceed from him.
    6. (Law) Free; without compulsion; according to the will,
       consent, or agreement, of a party; without consideration;
       gratuitous; without valuable consideration.
    7. (Eccl.) Of or pertaining to voluntaryism; as, a voluntary
       church, in distinction from an established or state
    {Voluntary affidavit} or {oath} (Law), an affidavit or oath
       made in extrajudicial matter.
    {Voluntary conveyance} (Law), a conveyance without valuable
    {Voluntary escape} (Law), the escape of a prisoner by the
       express consent of the sheriff.
    {Voluntary jurisdiction}. (Eng. Eccl. Law) See {Contentious
       jurisdiction}, under {Contentious}.
    {Voluntary waste}. (Law) See {Waste}, n., 4.
    Syn: See {Spontaneous}.
  2. \Vol"un*ta*ry\, n.; pl. {Voluntaries}.
    1. One who engages in any affair of his own free will; a
       volunteer. [R.] --Shak.
    2. (Mus.) A piece played by a musician, often extemporarily,
       according to his fancy; specifically, an organ solo played
       before, during, or after divine service.
    3. (Eccl.) One who advocates voluntaryism.