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VOLUNTARY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does voluntary mean? 

VOLUNTARY (noun)
  The noun VOLUNTARY has 2 senses:

1. (military) a person who freely enlists for service
2. composition (often improvised) for a solo instrument (especially solo organ) and not a regular part of a religious service or musical performance

  Familiarity information: VOLUNTARY used as a noun is rare.


VOLUNTARY (adjective)
  The adjective VOLUNTARY has 2 senses:

1. of your own free will or design; not forced or compelled
2. controlled by individual volition

  Familiarity information: VOLUNTARY used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


VOLUNTARY (noun)


Sense 1voluntary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(military) a person who freely enlists for service

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

military volunteer; voluntary; volunteer

Hypernyms ("voluntary" is a kind of...):

man; military man; military personnel; serviceman (someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)


Sense 2voluntary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("voluntary" is a kind of...):

solo (a musical composition for one voice or instrument (with or without accompaniment))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "voluntary"):

postlude (a voluntary played at the end of a religious service)


VOLUNTARY (adjective)


Sense 1voluntary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of your own free will or design; not forced or compelled

Context examples:

man is a voluntary agent / participation was voluntary / voluntary manslaughter / voluntary generosity in times of disaster / voluntary social workers / a voluntary confession

Similar:

volitional (with deliberate intention)

unpaid; volunteer (without payment)

uncoerced; unforced; willing (not brought about by coercion or force)

self-imposed (voluntarily assumed or endured)

freewill (done of your own accord)

intentional; wilful; willful (done by design)

by choice (not by chance)

Also:

willing (disposed or inclined toward)

conscious (knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts)

Antonym:

involuntary (not subject to the control of the will)


Sense 2voluntary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Controlled by individual volition

Context examples:

voluntary motions / voluntary muscles

Domain category:

physiology (the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms)

Antonym:

involuntary (controlled by the autonomic nervous system; without conscious control)


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