American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or originating in the will.
- adj. Expressing a wish or permission.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the power to will; exercising volition.
- Originating in the will.
- In rhetoric, expressing a wish or permission: as, a volitive proposition.
- adj. of or pertaining the will or volition
- adj. in the volitive
- n. uncountable, linguistics A verb form found in certain languages which indicates that a certain action is willed, although it may not be performed in fact.
- n. linguistics A specific volitive form of verb.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to the will; originating in the will; having the power to will.
- adj. (Gram.) Used in expressing a wish or permission as,
- From Medieval Latin volitivus (from volitare ("to flee") + -ivus), a Scholastic translation of the Ancient Greek θελητικός (thelatikos), from θέλησις (thelesis, "a will, a willing") (Wiktionary)
“And if you choose to dial into the internet and 'get that news,' that is your volitive choice to initiate, and you can choose to not, and the internet is not forced on you through your walls using the public air and rights-of-way around you.”
“The fact is simply thus: -- _Will_ is _volitive_ in the _first_ persons singular and plural; and simply _declarative_ or _promissory_ in the”
“_Shall_, on the other hand, is _declaratory_ or _promissory_ in the _first_ person singular and plural; _volitive_ in the _second_ and _third_ singular and plural.”
“The volitive mechanism which prepares for decision is one of the most important mechanisms of the will; it is valuable in itself, and should be established and strengthened in itself.”
“The family and productive work: these are the two pivots of society; they rest upon the greatest volitive quality: constancy, or persistence.”
“The will certainly comes into play here: the performer wishes to devote himself to sport, or to dancing, or to the arts of self-defense, to compete in matches, etc .... but in order to _will_ this it is necessary that he should have practised continually, thus making ready the apparatus on which the volitive act will finally depend, and to which it will issue its commands.”
“We will not venture to call him "a man of will"; the consciousness of such a man is always being put to the test, and the mechanisms stored up in the margin of consciousness no longer possess a "volitive value.”
“Incapable of making themselves beloved owing to mental deficiency, volitive disorders, to the anomaly of the affections and also to lack of physical attraction, they pass from maternal persecution to that of the school, and finally to that of society, bringing on themselves every kind of punishment.”
“Volitivum, volitive, is the Scholastic translation theletikon.”
“And again: if man has been made after the image of the blessed and super-essential Godhead, and if the divine nature is by nature endowed with free-will and volition, it follows that man, as its image, is free by nature and volitive .”
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