Meaning of voluntary
Pronunciation: (vol'un-ter"ē), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -tar•ies.
- done, made, brought about, undertaken, etc., of one's own accord or by free choice: a voluntary contribution.
- of, pertaining to, or acting in accord with the will: voluntary cooperation.
- of, pertaining to, or depending on voluntary action: voluntary hospitals.
- voluntary manslaughter.
- acting or done without compulsion or obligation.
- done by intention, and not by accident:voluntary manslaughter.
- made without valuable consideration:a voluntary settlement.
- subject to or controlled by the will.
- having the power of willing or choosing: a voluntary agent.
- proceeding from a natural impulse; spontaneous: voluntary laughter.
- something done voluntarily.
- a piece of music, frequently spontaneous and improvised, performed as a prelude to a larger work, esp. a piece of organ music performed before, during, or after an office of the church.
- voluntary (Thesaurus)