from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Eccl.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun voluntarism


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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