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

  • n. Reliance on voluntary contributions rather than government funds, as for churches or schools; voluntarism.

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  • n. voluntarism

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The principle of supporting a religious system and its institutions by voluntary association and effort, rather than by the aid or patronage of the state.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Voluntary principle or action; the system or principle of supporting anything by voluntary contribution or assistance; especially, the principle of unrestricted personal liberty in matters of religion—this involving on the one hand the obligation of church-members to support and maintain religious ordinances, and on the other the church's entire freedom from state patronage, support, and control.

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  • A system of beliefs that holds that all human interactions should occur with the least aggression possible; and that neither a single individual; nor a popular majority; should ever initiate force against a peaceful and sovereign individual.

    ex 1. Voluntaryists believe that force is only acceptable for use in defending oneself.

    ex 2. Voluntaryism is a belief system that is incompatible with a state funded military complex, becuase it would require that government to steal money from those that oppose the war.

    June 9, 2009