Definition of nolens volens in English:

Share this entry

nolens volens

Pronunciation: /ˌnəʊlɛnz ˈvəʊlɛnz/


Whether a person wants or likes something or not: a defendant who has intercourse nolens volens will be liable for rape
More example sentences
  • Nolens volens, the German tax system is becoming more European.
  • The officers of the War Department have always claimed and insisted that the orders of the President and the Secretary of War are to be obeyed, nolens volens, and are not to be questioned in any quarter.


Latin, from nolens 'not willing' and volens 'willing'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: no¦lens vo¦lens

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.