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The clan is nothing more than a larger family, with its patriarchal chief as the natural head, and the union of several clans by intermarriage and voluntary connection constitutes the tribe.
Charles Eastman

Meaning of "voluntary" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD VOLUNTARY

From Latin voluntārius, from voluntās will, from velle to wish.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF VOLUNTARY

voluntary  [ˈvɒləntərɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF VOLUNTARY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Voluntary can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES VOLUNTARY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Voluntary

Voluntary may refer to: ▪ Voluntary ▪ Voluntary or volunteer, person participating via volunteering/volunteerism...

Definition of voluntary in the English dictionary

The first definition of voluntary in the dictionary is performed, undertaken, or brought about by free choice, willingly, or without being asked. Other definition of voluntary is serving or acting in a specified function of one's own accord and without compulsion or promise of remuneration. Voluntary is also done by, composed of, or functioning with the aid of volunteers.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH VOLUNTARY


commentary
ˈkɒməntərɪ
complementary
ˌkɒmplɪˈmɛntərɪ
complimentary
ˌkɒmplɪˈmɛntərɪ
documentary
ˌdɒkjʊˈmɛntərɪ
elementary
ˌɛlɪˈmɛntərɪ
fragmentary
ˈfræɡməntərɪ
inventory
ˈɪnvəntərɪ
involuntary
ɪnˈvɒləntərɪ
lientery
ˈlaɪəntərɪ
ligamentary
ˌlɪɡəˈməntərɪ
mesentery
ˈmɛsəntərɪ
momentary
ˈməʊməntərɪ
nonvoluntary
ˌnɒnˈvɒləntərɪ
pigmentary
ˈpɪɡməntərɪ
promontory
ˈprɒməntərɪ
sedentary
ˈsɛdəntərɪ
segmentary
ˈsɛɡməntərɪ
semisedentary
ˌsɛmɪˈsɛdəntərɪ
supplementary
ˌsʌplɪˈmɛntərɪ
unguentary
ˈʌŋɡwəntərɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE VOLUNTARY

voluntarist
voluntaristic
voluntary agency
Voluntary Aid Detachment
voluntary arrangement
voluntary body
voluntary euthanasia
voluntary helper
voluntary liquidation
voluntary manslaughter
voluntary organization
voluntary redundancy
voluntary retailer
voluntary school
voluntary sector
Voluntary Service Overseas
voluntary work
voluntary worker
voluntaryism
voluntaryist

WORDS THAT END LIKE VOLUNTARY

alimentary
dentary
filamentary
fly-on-the-wall documentary
impedimentary
integumentary
medicamentary
military
mockumentary
nondocumentary
rudimentary
running commentary
sacramentary
sedimentary
semidocumentary
shockumentary
tegumentary
tenementary
testamentary
uncomplimentary
unparliamentary

Synonyms and antonyms of voluntary in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «VOLUNTARY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «voluntary» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of voluntary

Translation of «voluntary» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF VOLUNTARY

Find out the translation of voluntary to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of voluntary from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «voluntary» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

自愿的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

voluntario
570 millions of speakers

English

voluntary
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

स्वैच्छिक
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

طَوْعِيّ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

добровольный
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

voluntário
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

স্বেচ্ছাকৃত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

volontaire
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Sukarela
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

freiwillig
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

自発的な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

자발적인
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Sukarela
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

tình nguyện
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தன்னார்வ
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

ऐच्छिक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

gönüllü
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

volonario
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

dobrowolny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

добровільний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

voluntar
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

εθελοντικός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vrywillige
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

frivillig
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

frivillig
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of voluntary

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «VOLUNTARY»

The term «voluntary» is very widely used and occupies the 12.538 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «VOLUNTARY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «voluntary» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «voluntary» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about voluntary

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10 QUOTES WITH «VOLUNTARY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word voluntary.
1
Sharron Angle
I support voluntary personal retirement accounts for Social Security. It should be people's free choice.
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Milton Babbitt
I dare suggest that the composer would do himself and his music an immediate and eventual service by total, resolute and voluntary withdrawal from this public world to one of private performance and electronic media.
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Helena Blavatsky
We see that every external motion, act, gesture, whether voluntary or mechanical, organic or mental, is produced and preceded by internal feeling or emotion, will or volition, and thought or mind.
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Earl Blumenauer
The National Flood Insurance Program is a voluntary program. If a community really feels that the building insurance requirements are too burdensome, they don't have to participate.
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Harry Browne
Forcing people to be generous isn't humanitarian, effective, compassionate or moral. Only acts that are truly voluntary for all concerned can be truly compassionate.
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Thomas Bulfinch
The Romans held Britain from the invasion of Julius Caesar till their voluntary withdrawal from the island, A.D. 420,- that is, about five hundred years.
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Pierre de Coubertin
Sport is the habitual and voluntary cultivation of intensive physical effort.
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Diana DeGette
Individual companies now have the voluntary responsibility of recalling their own products. While many companies have acted properly and swiftly to recall contaminated goods, the delay between the identification of tainted foods and the company's decision to recall those foods leads to the needless sickness of too many Americans.
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Katherine Dunn
The more potent, unasked question is how society at large reacts to eager, voluntary violence by females, and to the growing evidence that women can be just as aggressive as men.
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Charles Eastman
The clan is nothing more than a larger family, with its patriarchal chief as the natural head, and the union of several clans by intermarriage and voluntary connection constitutes the tribe.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «VOLUNTARY»

Discover the use of voluntary in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to voluntary and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Unhcr and Voluntary Repatriation of Refugees: A Legal Analysis
Voluntary repatriation of refugees is generally considered to be the preferred, even ideal, solution to what is traditionally designated 'the problem of refugees'.
Marjoleine Zieck, 1997
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Voluntary Madness: Lost and Found in the Mental Healthcare ...
Voluntary Madness is the chronicle of Vincent's journey through the world of the mentally ill as she struggles to find her own health and happiness.
Norah Vincent, 2008
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Voluntary Food Intake and Diet Selection in Farm Animals
This book contains an up to date and more focused examination of developments in the understanding of voluntary food intake and new ideas and studies related to diet selection.
John Michael Forbes, 2007
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Voluntary Simplicity Second: Toward a Way of Life That Is ...
This book illuminates the pattern of changes that an increasing number of people around the world are making in their everyday lives—adjustments in day-to-day living that are an active, positive response to the complex dilemmas of our ...
Duane Elgin, 2010
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On Voluntary Servitude: False Consciousness and the Theory ...
This is a very rich and wide-ranging book in the history of ideas, written with philosophic rigor and great clarity.
Michael Rosen, 1996
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Introduction to the Voluntary Sector
Overview of the voluntary sector: its history, importance and current responsibilities.
Rodney Hedley, Colin Rochester, Justin Davis Smith, 2005
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On Suicide: A Discourse on Voluntary Death
In many places readers might misunderstand me and think that I am conceiving here an apology for suicide. Such a misconception is to be emphatically precluded.
‎1999
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Free Voluntary Reading
The book provides an accessible examination of topics, such as free voluntary reading's value in language and literary acquisition domestically and worldwide, recent developments in support of free voluntary reading, whether rewards-based ...
Stephen D. Krashen, 2011
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Gandhi and Voluntary Organizations
This book focuses promenently on the constructive role played by the voluntary agencies and states that if democracy has to sruvive, the role of voluntary organizations will have to be acknowledged both by the governmental agencies and by ...
Janardan Pandey, 1998
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The Voluntary Sector: Comparative Perspectives in the UK
The voluntary organizations active in this domain share an aspiration to foster an environmental sensibility, and many are especially savvy in media management techniques. • Comparisons with other sectors are largely impressionistic.
Jeremy Kendall, 2004

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «VOLUNTARY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term voluntary is used in the context of the following news items.
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Trial starts for Charlotte officer charged with voluntary manslaughter …
Lawyers are expected to make opening statements as the trial begins for a white Charlotte police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the killing of an ... «Fox News, Aug 15»
2
Senators unveil voluntary meat labeling bill
introduced the Voluntary Country of Origin Labeling and Trade Enhancement Act of 2015 on Thursday. The bill comes after the World Trade Organization (WTO) ... «The Hill, Jul 15»
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Sen. Stabenow Calls for Voluntary Country-of-Origin Labels on Meat
With Canada and Mexico threatening retaliatory action against the U.S. for requiring country-of-origin labels on meat sold in the U.S., a key Senate Democrat is ... «Wall Street Journal, Jun 15»
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Voluntary CPP expansion would be good. Mandatory would be better
Next came Pooled Retirement Pension Plans, also a voluntary savings program, designed to encourage companies without pensions to offer employees some ... «The Globe and Mail, May 15»
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Tories propose voluntary expansion of Canada Pension Plan
The Conservative government is proposing a voluntary expansion of the Canada Pension Plan in an about-face that critics say is aimed at wooing voters months ... «The Globe and Mail, May 15»
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Jacksonville Jaguars' Chris Clemons skips voluntary OTAs
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley spoke to Clemons in recent days and expressed his desire to have everyone in attendance for the voluntary workouts. But Clemons ... «FOXSports.com, May 15»
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Sheldon Richardson enjoying the meaning of voluntary
Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson is absent from Jets voluntary workouts because he wants a new contract. Jets defensive lineman Sheldon ... «NBCSports.com, May 15»
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Nate Solder, Patriots tackle, healthy at voluntary team activities
But after a team physical at the New England Patriots voluntary team activities last spring, Solder was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The impact didn't sink in ... «The Denver Post, May 15»
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Jets' Sheldon Richardson, Jeremy Kerley, Calvin Pryor absent at …
FLORHAM PARK — The Jets on Tuesday held their first voluntary minicamp practice of the offseason, and three starters were noticeably absent: defensive ... «NJ.com, Apr 15»
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Dez Bryant not present at start of voluntary workouts
The key word in the above sentence is voluntary. As such, many NFL players will decide to skip the offseason workouts at team facilities -- which are restricted to ... «NFL.com, Apr 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Voluntary [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/voluntary>. Aug 2020 ».
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