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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: acting from or done by choice.
She made a voluntary decision to go back to school.
antonyms:
involuntary, unconscious
similar words:
optional, spontaneous
definition 2: done or carried out by persons working without pay.
The soup kitchen depends on voluntary help.
synonyms:
volunteer
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.