Definitions

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  • adv. In a voluntary manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a voluntary manner; of one's own will; spontaneously.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a voluntary manner; of one's own motion; without being moved, influenced, or impelled by others; spontaneously; freely.

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

  • adv. out of your own free will

Etymologies

voluntary +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • By this criterion we distinguish our waking from our sleeping hours, we can voluntarily recollect our sleeping ideas, when we are awake, and compare them with our waking ones; but we cannot in our sleep _voluntarily_ recollect our waking ideas at all.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • Also note that, even if the insurance companies decided to ** voluntarily lower their premiums** in response to 'tort reform', the medical practitioners, hospitals, etc. would ALSO have to ** voluntarily** do the same thing (pass the savings on, rather than simply make a tad more profit) before you or I would every see lower health care costs ...

    The Nation: Top Stories

  • If he does not surrender the title voluntarily, sooner or later they will take it by force, and that part of the empire along with it.

    The Contemporary Review, January 1883 Vol 43, No. 1

  • If Hitchens could do it voluntarily is it not torture.

    Matthew Yglesias » How Waterboarding Was Done

  • “If Hitchens could do it voluntarily is it not torture.”

    Matthew Yglesias » How Waterboarding Was Done

  • Then one of the five came in voluntarily and gave himself up, and Sheldon learned that Gogoomy and two others were all that were at large.

    Chapter 23

  • The idea of going back voluntarily is almost impossible to imagine.

    Mark Olmsted: My Brother's Keeper

  • Going green may get slightly easier next year, however, when members of the Soap and Detergent Association and others will begin voluntarily disclosing their ingredients, Sansoni says.

    Some skip commercial cleaners for those made from pantry

  • "If the USDA did officially declare the six other E. coli strains as adulterants, we hope it would spur most major beef packers to begin voluntarily testing for them," said Nancy Donley, president of nonprofit Safe Tables Our Priority.

    Beef Safety Tests Aren't Being Used

  • Does anyone believe that a person is entitled "voluntarily" to continue his journey so long as he pays for all poor people who use the roads?

    ObamaCare's Next Constitutional Challenge

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