volition




Doing something willingly or voluntarily is doing it of your own volition. You might not always enjoy the books your teacher assigns, but you love the historical novels you pick up of your own volition.

Volition comes from Latin and French roots meaning “wish” or “will.” Legal speech and writing often include the word volition, as a way to affirm that a person involved in a crime acted “on their own volition,” or consented to be part of the crime. Maybe criminals don’t wish to go to jail, but their acts often show their volition to break the law.

Definitions of volition
  1. noun

    the act of making a choice

    “followed my father of my own
    volition
    synonyms:
    willing
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    types:

    intention

    an act of intending; a volition that you intend to carry out
    type of:

    choice, option, pick, selection

    the act of choosing or selecting

  2. noun

    the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention

    “”the exercise of their
    volition we construe as revolt”- George Meredith”
    synonyms:
    will
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    types:

    velleity

    volition in its weakest form
    type of:

    faculty, mental faculty, module

    one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind

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