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.
the act of making a choice
the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention