When you do something voluntarily, you do it of your own volition, or will. Doing something willingly, or because you agree to it, is doing something of your own volition.

Volition comes from Latin and French roots meaning "wish" or "will." Legal speech and writing often include the word volition, as a way to affirm that a person involved in a crime acted "on their own volition," or consented to be part of the crime. Maybe criminals don't wish to go to jail, but their acts often show their volition to break the law.

Definitions of volition

n the act of making a choice

“followed my father of my own volition
an act of intending; a volition that you intend to carry out
Type of:
choice, option, pick, selection
the act of choosing or selecting

n the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention

“"the exercise of their volition we construe as revolt"- George Meredith”
volition in its weakest form
Type of:
faculty, mental faculty, module
one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind

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