[ US /ˈvɑɫəntɛɹi/ ]
[ UK /vˈɒləntəɹi/ ]
  1. controlled by individual volition
    voluntary muscles
    voluntary motions
  2. of your own free will or design; done by choice; not forced or compelled
    a voluntary confession
    participation was voluntary
    voluntary social workers
    voluntary generosity in times of disaster
    man is a voluntary agent
    voluntary manslaughter
  1. composition (often improvised) for a solo instrument (especially solo organ) and not a regular part of a religious service or musical performance
  2. (military) a person who freely enlists for service
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How To Use voluntary In A Sentence

  • At election time the party needs a lot of voluntary helpers.
  • The coulpe or peccavi, is made for a very small matter — a broken glass, a torn veil, an involuntary delay of a few seconds at an office, a false note in church, etc.; this suffices, and the coulpe is made. Les Miserables
  • Other ocular signs include involuntary rhythmic movement of the eyeball.
  • The voluntary muscles are regulated by the parts of the brain known as the cerebral motor cortex and the cerebellum.
  • I'm delighted that our local communities and voluntary groups are taking the lead on renewable energy for lighting and heating.
  • Comparison of voluntary food and water intake and digestion in Kirk's dik-dik and suni. Chapter 11
  • We are totally reliant on voluntary donations. The Sun
  • Otherwise you'll just have to pump as much as you can into the scheme through voluntary contributions, although scope here is limited as you are restricted to a maximum of 15% of your annual salary.
  • Lawyers expressed concern that women could be coerced and forced to accept apparently voluntary agreements to their disadvantage. Times, Sunday Times
  • Hats bowl away, coats fly open, skirts cling, umbrellas flype themselves: and their owners, grotesquely running, grabbing, snatching, struggling, are consumed with rueful and involuntary mirth. Try Anything Twice
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