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Meaning & Definition of Voluntary in English

English

Voluntary

/vɑləntɛri/

noun

1. (military) a person who freely enlists for service

    synonym:
  • volunteer
  • ,
  • military volunteer
  • ,
  • voluntary

2. Composition (often improvised) for a solo instrument (especially solo organ) and not a regular part of a religious service or musical performance

    synonym:
  • voluntary

adjective

1. Of your own free will or design

  • Done by choice
  • Not forced or compelled
  • "Man is a voluntary agent"
  • "Participation was voluntary"
  • "Voluntary manslaughter"
  • "Voluntary generosity in times of disaster"
  • "Voluntary social workers"
  • "A voluntary confession"
    synonym:
  • voluntary

2. Controlled by individual volition

  • "Voluntary motions"
  • "Voluntary muscles"
    synonym:
  • voluntary

Examples of using

This organization relies entirely on voluntary donations.
That organization depends on voluntary contributions.