What is voluntary?

  • (adj): Of your own free will or design; not forced or compelled.
    Example: "Man is a voluntary agent"; "participation was voluntary"; "voluntary manslaughter"; "voluntary generosity in times of disaster"; "voluntary social workers"; "a voluntary confession"
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "voluntary":

  • (adj): Controlled by individual volition.
    Example: "Voluntary motions"; "voluntary muscles"
  • (noun): Composition (often improvised) for a solo instrument (especially solo organ) and not a regular part of a service or performance.

Famous quotes containing the word voluntary:

    Her voluntary fruits, free without fees;
    Torquato Tasso (1544–1595)

    All religions have based morality on obedience, that is to say, on voluntary slavery. That is why they have always been more pernicious than any political organisation. For the latter makes use of violence, the former—of the corruption of the will.
    Alexander Herzen (1812–1870)

    I am willing to pledge myself that if the time should ever come that the voluntary agencies of the country together with the local and state governments are unable to find resources with which to prevent hunger and suffering ... I will ask the aid of every resource of the Federal Government.... I have the faith in the American people that such a day will not come.
    Herbert Hoover (1874–1964)