from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In an involuntary manner; done without conscious thought.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In an involuntary manner; not voluntarily; not intentionally or willingly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an involuntary manner; not spontaneously; without one's will.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. against your will


involuntary +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)


  • As it is, Bobby Garwood was a major embarrassment to two government: the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, for their claiming no living Americans remain involuntarily in their country, and to the U.S. for believing them.

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  • House cleaning, voluntarily and/or involuntarily, is required and a fresh start is needed.

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  • "Long Sin," came the name involuntarily to my lips, for I knew that Wu would delegate just such a job to his faithful slave.

    The Romance of Elaine Sequel to "Exploits of Elaine"

  • So he was harnessed in again, and proudly he pulled as of old, though more than once he cried out involuntarily from the bite of his inward hurt.

    Chapter 4

  • And at last she found herself uttering the name involuntarily, overcome by something stronger than her dread.


  • She blushed crimson as the word involuntarily broke from her lips, and cried again as loudly as she could, "Help!"

    The Bread-winners A Social Study

  • Astonishment, pleasure, hope, and shame, took alternate rapid possession of her mind; but the last sensation was the first that visibly operated, and she snatched her hand involuntarily from the Major.

    Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth

  • I knew not what to say; but I sighed involuntarily from the bottom of my heart.

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  • And even later, when for the first time in her life she had lain in bed with a man and said his name involuntarily or said it truly meaning him, the name she was screaming and saying was not his at all.

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  • He shouted Raederle's name involuntarily, in horror, and the floor lurched under him again, shrugging him toward the lake.

    Harpist in the Wind

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