What does the word voluntary mean?

  • [ Latin] Performed or worked by means of the will; as V. actions, V. muscles.

  • Relating or acting in obedience to the will; not obligatory.

  • In accordance with will.

Usage examples for voluntary

  1. Teddy no longer hoped to play the part of fakir at the fair; but yet he fancied it might be possible to sell his stock, which had already been forwarded by the stage, to some more fortunate fellow, and in order to do this it was necessary he should be on the grounds at the earliest possible hour; but the charge made by his uncle held him a voluntary prisoner. – The Adventures of a Country Boy at a Country Fair by James Otis
  2. In all of them the issue of the notes was authorized as a means of borrowing money, or obtaining supplies, or paying the debts of the United States, and in all of them the receipt of the notes by third parties was purely voluntary. – Monopolies and the People by D. C. Cloud
  3. Besides, Onesimus has repented of his faults, as is plain from the fact of his voluntary return, and therefore there is no need for dwelling on them. – The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon by Alexander Maclaren

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