involuntary




Involuntary describes a reflex or action done without conscious control or will — like a blink, a sneeze, a yawn, or “the giggles.”

If you volunteered to do it, it’s voluntary. If you didn’t volunteer, but you find yourself doing it anyway, it’s involuntary. This can go for the involuntary hiccups you wrestle with on your blind date, as well as the involuntary task you do at your manager’s insistence. Involuntary gets a lot of blame, but something that is involuntary is not necessarily bad: Breathing is involuntary, but you would probably do it anyway if given the choice.

Definitions of involuntary
  1. adjective

    not subject to the control of the will

    involuntary manslaughter”
    involuntary servitude”
    “an
    involuntary shudder”
    “”It (becoming a hero) was
    involuntary. They sank my boat”- John F.Kennedy”
    synonyms:
    nonvoluntary, unvoluntary

    unconscious

    not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead
    driven, goaded

    compelled forcibly by an outside agency
    forced

    forced or compelled
    unconscious

    without conscious volition
    unwilled

    without deliberate volition
    unwilling

    in spite of contrary volition
    unwilling

    not disposed or inclined toward
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    Antonyms:

    voluntary

    of your own free will or design; done by choice; not forced or compelled
    conscious

    knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts
    intended

    resulting from one’s intentions
    wilful, willful

    done by design
    freewill

    done of your own accord
    self-imposed

    voluntarily assumed or endured
    uncoerced, unforced, willing

    not brought about by coercion or force
    unpaid, volunteer

    without payment
    willing

    disposed or inclined toward
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  2. adjective

    controlled by the autonomic nervous system; without conscious control

    involuntary muscles”
    “gave an
    involuntary start”
    Synonyms:

    automatic, reflex, reflexive

    without volition or conscious control
    autonomic

    relating to or controlled by the autonomic nervous system
    vegetative

    relating to involuntary bodily functions
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    Antonyms:

    voluntary

    controlled by individual volition

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