Adjective "voluntary" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Done, given, or acting of one's own free will.
  1. 'Participation is totally voluntary but has been continual and according to the students quite rewarding.'
  2. 'The risk is that what starts as voluntary euthanasia becomes extended to involuntary euthanasia.'
  3. 'The company ceased trading in March 1991 and went into voluntary liquidation three years later.'
  4. 'First, the patient may choose to die, usually described as voluntary euthanasia.'
  5. 'A 30-day consultation process will begin on Monday to agree on the voluntary redundancies and payment packages for those leaving the firm.'
  6. '‘It's an enormously worthwhile cause, which has to be supported by voluntary contributions,’ she said.'
  7. 'Eventually, the company overstretched itself and was ultimately forced to file for voluntary liquidation.'
  8. 'Informed consent was obtained from all the study participants prior to data collection and participation was completely voluntary.'
  9. 'A spokesman said employees could either be redeployed, retrained or take voluntary redundancy.'
  10. 'A new landlord and landlady have taken over a York pub - with ambitious plans to restore it to its former glory - after the previous owners went into voluntary liquidation.'
  11. 'voluntary contraction of the calf muscles'
  12. 'The cerebrum controls voluntary actions, thought, speech, and memory.'
  13. 'It is controlled by the autonomic nervous system, but is also under voluntary control.'
Working, done, or maintained without payment.
  1. 'A town of charm and dignity, much improved in recent years due mainly to the labours of this committee and a very large number of voluntary helpers.'
  2. 'Meals-on-Wheels urgently requires 2 voluntary helpers/cooks to assist in the preparing, cooking and dishing out dinners and deserts.'
  3. 'The chairperson in her address thanked all the voluntary helpers, especially the minibus drivers and all the people who patronised the centre during the year.'
  4. 'Council leaders, voluntary groups and housing associations will be invited to put forward people to take part in the controversial scheme.'
  5. 'Overall the vast majority of voluntary organizations expressed satisfaction with the quality of their evaluations and believe that they use the results effectively.'
  6. 'It later emerged an untrained voluntary helper had taken 10 boys on a morning walk.'
  7. 'The school cleaner volunteers have been protesting for about a month outside the gates of the legislature, demanding payment for voluntary work offered since 1997.'
  8. 'The Government funding is available for subsidised housing, covering accommodation rented to tenants from local authorities and aid for voluntary housing areas.'
  9. 'While maintaining the voluntary element in its structure the management of the Board are grateful for funding from diverse Government sources and for the hard working staff thus funded.'
  10. '‘I have grave concerns about handing our work over to voluntary housing organisations,’ she said.'
  11. 'Section 120 deals with voluntary settlements and marriage settlements.'
  12. 'In the case of a voluntary disposition of a former business property, a taxpayer must acquire the replacement property before the end of the first taxation year.'


An organ solo played before, during, or after a church service.
  1. 'The organ voluntary was the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon, Handel'
  2. 'The universal appeal of the majority of tunes and the simplicity of settings should help this collection find an audience among the ever-expanding number of organists looking for easy voluntaries on well-known hymn tunes.'
  3. 'As a trumpeter, I have played a number of trumpet tunes and voluntaries that were transcriptions of original baroque organ works.'
  4. 'It consists of a complete four-minute piece, in the form of a simple prelude or voluntary and the start - just a few bars - of a fugal Allegro in the manner of a toccata.'
(in a competition) a special performance left to the performer's choice.


    1. done, made, brought about, undertaken, etc., of one's own accord or by free choice: a voluntary contribution.

    2. of, relating to, or acting in accord with the will: voluntary cooperation.

    3. of, relating to, or depending on voluntary action: voluntary hospitals.

    4. Law. acting or done without compulsion or obligation. done by intention, and not by accident: voluntary manslaughter. made without valuable consideration: a voluntary settlement.

    5. Physiology. subjec

    More examples(as adjective)

    "payments can be voluntary in senses."

    "uniforms can be voluntary in plants."

    "unemployments can be voluntary in senses."

    "understandings can be voluntary on parts."

    "taxes can be voluntary for communities."

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    Late Middle English: from Old French volontaire or Latin voluntarius, from voluntas ‘will’.