Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Involuntary; spontaneous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not disposed of in a legal will.
  • adj. Not willed or wished for.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Deprived of the faculty of will or volition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Deprived of the faculty of will; bereft of the power of volition.
  • Not willed; not purposed; involuntary; unintentional; spontaneous.

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

  • adj. without deliberate volition
  • adj. without deliberate intent

Etymologies

un- +‎ willed (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • John Bargh, in this chapter - Bypassing the Will: Towards Demystifying the Nonconscious Control of Social Behavior 1 - takes evidence from several different subdisciplines and argues that consciousness - that thing which gives us our experience of deliberate control - exists exactly to make automatic, 'unwilled', behaviours possible.

    Mind Hacks: Consciousness exists to make itself unnecessary

  • My wife says the hand goes to notes unwilled by her, dark, minor chords.

    The Hand

  • Since he was no longer the object of a search, that was easy to do; he simply merged with unwilled machines, intercepting their orders and performing their tasks himself.

    Here There Are Monsters

  • I quivered and the breath went from me in an unwilled gasp.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • Memories come flooding back, often unwilled, sometimes unwelcomed.

    Louis Bickford: Memory, War, and the Memory of War

  • It seemed to have something to do with wave dynamics, a sense of harnessing a blast of energy that would rise from one hip, course through the body to the opposite shoulder, flow downward into the fists, which would then surge in opposing directions, bringing the blade through with an amazement of unwilled speed and force, all without trying.

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set

  • Like Dreiser in Sister Carrie, Wright goes to great lengths to establish that the crime was involuntary, unwilled, accidental.

    Every protest’s novel

  • I've ready an article somewhere where it was said: "War is not only about bombs and killing but about the people who are unwilled to live in peace" don't as me where I read it ....

    Military Science Fiction

  • Normally I prefer to refrain from referencing long strings of quotations to make a point, but when it concerns Catholic social teaching and Catholic political teaching it is sorely needed due to the great ignorance out there, unwilled of course for most men have never heard it.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • That first unwilled, instinctive scream leaping out into space over the waters of the rock quarry.

    robotsarered Diary Entry

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