voluntary

Voluntary is an adjective that describes something you do because you want to, without being influenced or forced into it. Usually a voluntary act is something you consciously choose to do, like going into work even on a snow day.

Voluntary comes from the Latin word voluntarius, which means "of one's free will." Voluntary can also describe a service given without any payment expected in return. For example, if your work for the community theater is voluntary, that means that you don't get paid for your time. If you're offering your voluntary help in this way, you might also be called a volunteer, someone who offers free help to assist others.

Definitions of voluntary
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adj of your own free will or design; done by choice; 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”
Synonyms:
conscious
knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts
intended
resulting from one's intentions
wilful, willful
done by design
freewill
done of your own accord
self-imposed
voluntarily assumed or endured
uncoerced, unforced, willing
not brought about by coercion or force
unpaid, volunteer
without payment
willing
disposed or inclined toward
Antonyms:
involuntary, nonvoluntary, unvoluntary
not subject to the control of the will
unconscious
not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead
driven, goaded
compelled forcibly by an outside agency
forced
forced or compelled
unconscious
without conscious volition
unwilled
without deliberate volition
unwilling
in spite of contrary volition
unwilling
not disposed or inclined toward
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adj controlled by individual volition

voluntary motions”
voluntary muscles”
Antonyms:
involuntary
controlled by the autonomic nervous system; without conscious control
automatic, reflex, reflexive
without volition or conscious control
autonomic
relating to or controlled by the autonomic nervous system
vegetative
relating to involuntary bodily functions
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n (military) a person who freely enlists for service

Synonyms:
military volunteer, volunteer
Antonyms:
conscript, draftee, inductee
someone who is drafted into military service
Type of:
man, military man, military personnel, serviceman
someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force

n composition (often improvised) for a solo instrument (especially solo organ) and not a regular part of a religious service or musical performance

Types:
postlude
a voluntary played at the end of a religious service
Type of:
solo
a musical composition for one voice or instrument (with or without accompaniment)

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