HyperDic: voluntary

English > 4 senses of the word voluntary:
ADJECTIVEallvoluntaryof your own free will or design
allvoluntarycontrolled by individual volition
NOUNperson voluntary, volunteer, military volunteer(military) a person who freely enlists for service
communicationvoluntarycomposition (often improvised) for a solo instrument (especially solo organ) and not a regular part of a religious service or musical performance
voluntary > pronunciation
Soundsvaa'lahntehriy
Rhymesaccusatory ... zealotry: 432 rhymes with riy...
English > voluntary: 4 senses > adjective 1
MeaningOf your own free will or design; done by choice; not forced or compelled.
Examples
  • "man is a voluntary agent"
  • "participation was voluntary"
  • "voluntary manslaughter"
  • "voluntary generosity in times of disaster"
  • "voluntary social workers"
  • "a voluntary confession"
NarrowerfreewillDone of your own accord
self-imposedvoluntarily assumed / assumed / assumed or endured
uncoerced, unforced, willingnot brought about by coercion or force
unpaid, volunteerWithout payment
willful, wilfulDone by design
See alsoconsciousknowing / knowing and perceiving
intendedResulting from one's intentions
willingdisposed or inclined toward
Oppositeinvoluntary, nonvoluntary, unvoluntarynot subject to the control of the will
Spanishvoluntario
Catalanvoluntari
Nounsvoluntary(military) a person who freely enlists for service
Adverbsvoluntarilyout of your own free will
English > voluntary: 4 senses > adjective 2
MeaningControlled by individual volition.
Examples
  • "voluntary motions"
  • "voluntary muscles"
CategoryphysiologyThe branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms
OppositeinvoluntaryControlled by the autonomic nervous system
Spanishvoluntario
Catalanvoluntari
English > voluntary: 4 senses > noun 1, person
Meaning(military) a person who freely enlists for service.
Synonymsvolunteer, military volunteer
Categorymilitary, armed forces, armed services, military machine, war machineThe military forces of a nation
Broaderserviceman, military man, man, military personnelsomeone who serves in the armed forces
Oppositedraftee, conscript, inducteesomeone who is drafted into military service
Spanishvoluntario
Catalanvoluntari
Adjectivesvoluntaryof your own free will or design
Verbsvolunteerdo volunteer work
English > voluntary: 4 senses > noun 2, communication
Meaningcomposition (often improvised) for a solo instrument (especially solo organ) and not a regular part of a religious service or musical performance.
NarrowerpostludeA voluntary played at the end of a religious service
BroadersoloA musical composition for one voice or instrument (with or without accompaniment)

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