HyperDic: involuntary

English > 2 senses of the word involuntary:
ADJECTIVEallinvoluntary, nonvoluntary, unvoluntarynot subject to the control of the will
allinvoluntarycontrolled by the autonomic nervous system
involuntary > pronunciation
Rhymesaccusatory ... zealotry: 432 rhymes with riy...
English > involuntary: 2 senses > adjective 1
Meaningnot subject to the control of the will.
  • "involuntary manslaughter"
  • "involuntary servitude"
  • "an involuntary shudder"
  • "It (becoming a hero) was involuntary. They sank my boat"- John F.Kennedy
Synonymsnonvoluntary, unvoluntary
Narrowerdriven, goadedcompelled forcibly by an outside agency
forcedForced or compelled
unconsciousWithout conscious volition
unwilledWithout deliberate intent
unwillingIn spite of contrary volition
See alsounconsciousnot conscious
unwillingnot disposed or inclined toward
OppositevoluntaryOf your own free will or design
Adverbsinvoluntarilyagainst your will
English > involuntary: 2 senses > adjective 2
MeaningControlled by the autonomic nervous system; without conscious control.
  • "involuntary muscles"
  • "gave an involuntary start"
CategoryphysiologyThe branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms
Narrowerautomatic, reflex, reflexiveWithout volition or conscious control
autonomicrelating to or controlled by the autonomic nervous system
vegetativeRelating to involuntary bodily functions
OppositevoluntaryControlled by individual volition

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