Definition of volition in English:

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Pronunciation: /vəˈlɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
The faculty or power of using one’s will: without conscious volition she backed into her office
More example sentences
  • The decision had been made utterly without conscious thought or volition on her part.
  • It is a failure of volition, but it's an overwhelming drive that absolutely crushes volition.
  • This self-imposed exile was a conscious act of volition.


of (or by or on) one's own volition

Voluntarily: they choose to leave early of their own volition
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  • I know, and it would be a different situation if we had made the choice of our own volition to stay here.
  • Their eagerness to earn the trust and goodwill of their customers becomes conspicuous when they, on their own volition, urge customers to have a look at the meters to ensure that they get the right quantity of petrol for their money.
  • I believe that they did it on their own volition.
of one's own free will, of one's own accord, of one's own choice, of one's own choosing, by choice, by preference, by one's own preference;
voluntarily, willingly, readily, freely, intentionally, consciously, deliberately, on purpose, purposely, spontaneously, without being asked, without hesitation, without reluctance;
gladly, with pleasure, with good grace, eagerly, enthusiastically



Pronunciation: /vəˈlɪʃ(ə)n(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • On one end of the spectrum, some jurisdictions allow consideration of volitional aspects of brain diseases.
  • But coming forward to register, like coming forward to vote, is a volitional act that requires some action and is prompted by some motivation.
  • The promotion of ICT works best when it is organic and volitional, using the initiative of teachers - rather than regulatory compliance - as its driver.


Pronunciation: /vəˈlɪʃ(ə)n(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • In the group as a whole there was no significant change in inspiratory muscle strength measured either volitionally or non-volitionally and changes in respiratory muscle strength did not correlate with changes in endurance time.
  • Breathing can be activated volitionally through corticospinal pathways or automatically via bulbospinal pathways.
  • He does not concede, however, and no court or jury has officially determined, that he is volitionally impaired.


Pronunciation: /ˈvɒlɪtɪv/
adjective ( formal or technical)
Example sentences
  • He proceeded to extract the essence of the volitive act by utilizing distortion, an active alteration of appearances.
  • Repentance is a volitive act in relation to the past and to the future, since the person wills to discard past actions and to redirect himself to the Good in the future.
  • All words marked past, future, or volitive in this text are perfective.


Early 17th century (denoting a decision or choice made after deliberation): from French, or from medieval Latin volitio(n-), from volo 'I wish'.

Words that rhyme with volition

academician, addition, aesthetician (US esthetician), ambition, audition, beautician, clinician, coition, cosmetician, diagnostician, dialectician, dietitian, Domitian, edition, electrician, emission, fission, fruition, Hermitian, ignition, linguistician, logician, magician, mathematician, Mauritian, mechanician, metaphysician, mission, monition, mortician, munition, musician, obstetrician, omission, optician, paediatrician (US pediatrician), patrician, petition, Phoenician, physician, politician, position, rhetorician, sedition, statistician, suspicion, tactician, technician, theoretician, Titian, tuition

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