volition

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
vo•li•tion /voʊˈlɪʃən, və-/USA pronunciation   n. 
    [uncountable]
  1. the act of willing, choosing, or deciding to do something:She left of her own volition.
vo•li•tion•al, adj. See -vol-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
vo•li•tion  (vō lishən, və-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act of willing, choosing, or resolving; exercise of willing:She left of her own volition.
  2. a choice or decision made by the will.
  3. the power of willing;
    will.
vo•lition•al, vo•li•tion•ar•y  (vō lishən, və-),USA pronunciation adj.  vo•lition•al•ly, adv. 
  • Medieval Latin volitiōn- (stem of volitiō), equivalent. to vol- (variant stem of velle to want, wish; see will1) + -itiōn- -ition
  • 1605–15
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged discretion, choice. See  will 2.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

volition /vəˈlɪʃən/ n
  1. the act of exercising the will: of one's own volition
  2. the faculty or capability of conscious choice, decision, and intention; the will
  3. the resulting choice or resolution
Etymology: 17th Century: from Medieval Latin volitiō, from Latin vol- as in volō I will, present stem of velle to wish

voˈlitional, voˈlitionary adj



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