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voluntary

vol·un·tar·y

voluntary

 
pronunciation:
va ln teI ri
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: arising from or made of free will or choice.
His decision to leave the company was purely voluntary.
synonyms:
freewill
antonyms:
forced, involuntary, obligatory, unconscious
similar words:
discretionary, elective, optional, spontaneous, unsolicited, willing
definition 2: depending on or carried out by persons working without pay.
Ours is a voluntary service organization.
synonyms:
volunteer
antonyms:
paid
definition 3: under the control of one's will.
You can contract and relax your voluntary muscles.
antonyms:
involuntary
definition 4: in law, intentional; deliberate.
voluntary manslaughter
synonyms:
deliberate, intended, intentional, purposeful, willful
antonyms:
involuntary
derivation: voluntarily (adv.)
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The word voluntary contains the following parts:
vol Latin root that means wish, intention, will
-ary1 Latin adjective-forming suffix that means like, of, related to
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The suffix -ary1 attaches to Latin roots (e.g., primary , literary ) and to nouns (e.g., cautionary , fragmentary ), forming adjectives.