V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: the power to make conscious choices

Synonyms: preference, choice, discretion, election, option, selection, will

Antonyms: indetermination, force, duress, constraint

Tips: Volition is derived from the Middle Latin volitionem, which means "will." Volition is used when referring to free will. To make a choice of your own volition is the opposite of making a choice or doing something under duress (pressure) or letting someone else make the decision for you. Volition is a more sophisticated way of saying "free will."

Usage Examples:

According to the company, the executive resigned on his own volition, but some investors suspect he was forced into early retirement. (free will, choice)

The strikers returned to work because of a presidential order, not out of their own volition. (choice, selection)

Bob said he parked his car illegally out of his own volition, and therefore, is prepared to pay the consequences. (choice, free well, discretion)

I didn't go to the party by my own volition, but because my friend begged me to go with her. (discretion, election, will)

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